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Troy-born master musician Nick Brignola was a legend in the jazz world. He played the big horn, the baritone saxophone, and he played it like no one else—with a fat, round tone that sang from his heart. Brignola, the true leading light of the Capital Region jazz scene, died in 2002, but his music lives on. Led by frequent collaborator David Calarco, A Tribute to Nick Brignola brings together a number of Brignola cohorts and acolytes, each a world class talent in their own right. Drummer Calarco, a Berklee College of Music alum, has worked with Tom Harrell, Dave Holland, Randy Brecker, Kenny Barron, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, Danilo Perez, Kenny Werner, Dave Liebman, Chris Potter, Gerry Bergonzi, Joe Lovano and many others. Gary Smulyan, like Brignola, an admirer of bari man Pepper Adams, is Brignola’s spiritual heir. The artistic director of Berkshire Hills Music Academy and a veteran of the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Smulyan has played alongside Carla Bley, Cedar Walton, Christian McBride, Jimmy Knepper, Mulgrew Miller and others. Trumpeter Joe Magnarelli did stretches with Lionel Hampton and Brother Jack McDuff before working with Toshiko Akiyoshi, Harry Connick, Jr., Laverne Butler and Maria Schnieder. Tim Ray, on piano, has performed with pop music icons Aretha Franklin, Lyle Lovett, Jane Siberry and Soul Asylum as well as jazz giants Tony Bennett, Kurt Elling, Esperanza Spalding, Dave Douglas, John Patitucci, Brian Blade and Rufus Reid. In addition to his time with Brignola, Berklee-trained bassist John Lockwood has held down the bottom with Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Gary Burton, Mel Lewis, Terri Lyne Carrington, George Garzone and others.

A Tribute To Nick Brignola

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