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Nick Brignola

Internationally renowned jazz baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola came from a musical family in Troy, N.Y. His grandfather played tuba and his father worked his way through school playing banjo and guitar at parties and dances. Nick, mainly self taught, began playing clarinet at age eleven, then added the alto and tenor saxophones and flute. His major instrument became the baritone saxophone at age twenty, when his alto was being repaired and the only "loaner" the music store had available was a baritone. The rest, as they say, is history. Nick listened to many forms of music at home and his earliest influences included Paul Desmond of the Dave Brubeck Quartet and the big bands of Benny Goodman, Harry James and Woody Herman

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Gareth Bane - Pat Belliveau - Keith O'Rourke: Baritone Madness

Read "Baritone Madness" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Like America's earlier Three Baritone Saxophone Band (Gary Smulyan, Ronnie Cuber, the late Nick Brignola), Canada's Baritone Madness teams three baritone saxophonists (Keith O'Rourke, Pat Belliveau, Gareth Bane) with bass and drums (no piano) for an engaging program which is centered mainly in the lower register but earns high marks for resourcefulness and enthusiasm.

ARTICLE: RADIO

Hive Finds

Read "Hive Finds" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

In the late seventies and early eighties, Susan and Jim Neumann helped keep the be-bop flame burning by starting the boutique Beehive Records label. They featured middle-aged boppers left behind by fusion frenzy who just wanted to record some solid blowing dates—and one semi-forgotten vocalist who made his final great recording for the label... and captured ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 3-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 3-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball" Four Points by Sheraton at LAX Los Angeles, CA May 23-27, 2018 Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Concert 8: The Herdsmen -Bobby Shew meets Larry McKenna Trumpeter Bobby Shew is a well- known ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND REPORT

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 2-4

Read "Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival - Woodchopper's Ball: Part 2-4" reviewed by Simon Pilbrow

Los Angeles Jazz Institute Festival “Woodchoppers' Ball" Four Points by Sheraton at LAX Los Angeles, CA May 23-27, 2018 Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 Concert 4: Keen and Peachy: Music of the Woody Herman Second Herd -Directed by Michael Berkowitz ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Glenn Kostur: The Way of It

Read "The Way of It" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Glenn Kostur, a woodwind specialist who can play anything from piccolo to bass saxophone, limits himself to tenor and baritone on The Way of It, a genial session recorded in June 2017 in Greeley, CO, on which Kostur enlists faculty members from the University of Northern Colorado as his back-up team. Kostur, who ...

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Take Five with Ralph Hepola

Read "Take Five with Ralph Hepola" reviewed by Ralph Hepola

About Ralph Hepola Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota in the United States, Ralph Hepola studied piano before starting on the tuba at age twelve. At seventeen, he was chosen to play before the British Royal Family in the Manitoba All-Province Band at Brandon, Manitoba in Canada. While still in high school, Ralph began performing ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Nick Brignola: Between A Rock And The Jazz Place

Read "Nick Brignola: Between A Rock And The Jazz Place" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

This interview was originally published in 1969 in an Albany, New York area arts publication called Transition. It documents a time when saxophonist Nick Brignola was in the process of trying to break out of the confines of bebop and incorporate some of the elements of fusion that was beginning to dominate the jazz market.

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Claire Daly: 2468 West Grand Boulevard

Read "2468 West Grand Boulevard" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

Full disclosure--I am far from an expert on Motown music, having pretty much lived in a jazz bubble. And this album is a salute to some of jny: Detroit's legends including The Jackson Five, The Four Tops, The Temptations and especially Smokey Robinson, who is identified with five of the eleven songs here. Claire ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Nick Brignola: Big Horn, Strong Words

Read "Nick Brignola: Big Horn, Strong Words" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum

This article first appeared in Coda Magazine in 1978. With the possible exception of torture, there has never been an art form more maligned than jazz. So, it is inevitable that every once in a while there is an exceptional musician who finds that the financial rewards of being a jazz musician are too ...


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