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