Just Nick (Nick Jaffe) is a Saint Paul, Minnesota-based musician, recording engineer, teacher and editor. Nick plays guitar and occasionally other things, as a member of Downrange Telemetrics, Soul People, Super Moon, the Chess Club, H2O Soul instrumental intergalactic funk band Blank Institute, and improvisational group 727 Generator as well as with Tina Howell, Obi Soulstar and ESH. Nick has performed as a guitarists with a wide range of major label artists including Common, Bobby Brown, Rakim, Ice Cube, Estelle, Syleena Johnson, Dwele, Slum Village, Bilal, Renee Neufville (Zhane/RH Factor), Andreus, Geno Young, Chicago emcees SB, Kyeote, Slug Nyna Rossi, and Really Doe, Yaw, Kafele Bandele, Tiaybe, Jorge Juan, and many others.
Nick has produced and engineered for SB, Yaw, Miraj, MsTeefa, Sparrow and Tiaybe Girl Activity, harpists Marta Cook and Chelsea Sky Link, as well as many other artists in a wide variety of genres.
Nick's recent solo recordings include the Album Sputnik I, a musical history of the first man-made object in orbit.
Just Nick's studio credits include sessions for Universal artist Big Phill, Geno Barletta, Girl Activity, King Ron E. Ron, Tiaybe, Sparrow, Twilight Tone, and a national TV campaign for Kraft Foods (sold out for cheese). Nick likes just about any music that's good. He particularly likes things that groove, though not always in obvious ways. He likes noisy things and quiet things. Nick was born in New York City and grew up there and in Rome, Italy. Nick graduated Yale with a degree in history. Nick has worked as an aircraft mechanic and instructor for the airlines, ESL teacher, elementary school teacher, and an audio engineer. In addition to playing music he currently teaches audio engineering and music to kids in student-run studios and is the Chief Editor of the Teaching Artist Journal, a print and online quarterly published by Routledge.