Born and raised in Texas, Nate Hook’s music embodies the full tone and rich creativity of great horn players from the Lone Star State. Playing saxophone and piano as a youngster, he learned from the top musicians in the Austin community, including Justin Vasquez, Jeff Helmer, Paul White, Tony Campise, and Alex Bohrer, and performed with groups at the University of Texas, The Elephant Room, and other venues. Nate moved from Texas and into the East Coast jazz world when he attended William Paterson University, where he studied with Vincent Herring, Harold Mabern, Bill Mobley, and Bill Goodwin, among others.
By 2012, Nate was performing around NYC at locales like Smalls, Smoke, The Lenox Lounge, The Zinc Bar, The Stone, and others. Living in NYC, he also had the opportunity to perform alongside Jean Michel Pilc, Carlo De Rosa, Bill Goodwin, and others. In 2013, he started the band “Progressive Overload,” which will release their first album in the fall of 2016.
As a resident of Baltimore, Nate studied with Gary Thomas and earned a performance degree from the Peabody Conservatory. He has worked in recent years with Ralph Peterson, Alex Norris, Paul Bollenback, and Bob Butta, just to name a few. In the spring of 2016, Nate played bass clarinet in Gary Thomas’ “Pariah’s Pariahs” ensemble, a recording of which will be available later this year.
Nate also plays bagpipes, as did John Coltrane — a little-known fact about each.
A tried and true proponent of the thick, muscular, heavier-than-heavyweight school of tenor saxophone. -- All About Jazz
Hook’s gutsy, muscular sax bites into his swirling compositions like a tornado in his home state of Texas -- Elmore Magazine
If you want to follow an individualistic musician's journey, this record is for you. -- Baltimore Jazz Alliance