Nick Tipping, I heard his name a couple of times before we first met at the University Cafe in early July. A pretty convenient place to meet up for two music nerds. Nick is currently writing his PhD on the dynamics and discourses of the Wellington Jazz scene, both, from the perspective of a professional jazz musician and an academic. After completing his studies in linguistics and musicology at Victoria University of Wellington, Nick studied Jazz Performance at Massey University Conservatorium of Music. Besides his academic career, Nick actively participated in Wellington’s music scene initially in choirs, then as a classical percussionist, a pop drummer, a bassoonist, and since the late 1990s as a bass player. In 2001 he spent two years studying jazz bass at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. After he returned to Wellington, he was heavily involved in the local Jazz scene playing jazz from a multiplicity of influences in duos, trios, quartets or larger combos. At the same time as maintaining a performance career, Nick spent eight years teaching jazz fulltime, firstly at the Massey Conservatorium, and then at the New Zealand School of Music, where he was Acting Programme Leader of Jazz until 2011, before starting his PhD.