Last week I saw Nick Waterhouse perform at the Roxy Hotel in TriBeCa, here in New York City. The gig was held in a room called The Django, a jazzy faux-French candlelit den with a small stage. I’ve been a fan of Waterhouse since his first album; his music is original and personal yet with clear influences from R&B, rock and roll, and jazz from the ’50s and ’60s.
Just don’t call it a revival, as Waterhouse likes to say. While he clearly has a deep love for good music from the past, his music lives in the present and aspires to timelessness. The same can be said for his taste in clothes, as has been noted on Ivy Style before. While his outfits would easily fit in an Ivy-heyday class photo or on an album cover, this is no stage costume. Drawing on the best of the past yet living in the present, Waterhouse’s look is sharp, clean-cut and tailored. That evening he was clad in a madras jacket with 3/2 roll and hook vent, rendered in olive, burgundy and brown, plus tapered charcoal trousers and split-toe Aldens.
After two great sets of songs from both his albums, some new material, and a couple fantastic covers of artists I hadn’t yet heard of, Nick hung at the bar with fans and friends alike. I introduced myself and we briefly chatted about what’s coming up for him, and he graciously signed his recent spread in the sadly now-defunct Japanese trad magazine Free & Easy.
Great guy, great music, great style. The crowd was disappointingly chatty, but the fans who were there for the music were a diverse bunch. Musical highlights for me were “Time’s All Gone” and “Some Place,” from his début record, as well as a cover of The Seeds’ “Pushin’ Too Hard.” Style highlights were the jacket — dark madras is damn cool.
Look out for a new album in September, and look for him in person if you can — you’ll be glad you did. — DCG