Nicholas Thomas Brignola was born in Troy, New York on July 17 1936. He gained early attention when he was awarded the first scholarship to the Berklee School of Music in Boston.
During the late 1950's he was on the West Coast and sat in with various groups including Cal Tjader and The Mastersounds. It was here, too, that he met drummer Dick Berk with whom he later worked and recorded with.
As a sideman and leader, Brignola's associates make up a long roster of jazz luminaries - Clark Terry, Wes Montgomery, Woody Herman, Elvin Jones, Buddy Rich, Chet Baker, Ted Curson, Sal Salvador and many others.
Although the baritone saxophone is his instant identification, he has a masterful command of a veritable arsenal of woodwind instruments - soprano, alto, tenor, clarinet, alto clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, alto flute and piccolo.
Aside from leading his own quartet, Nick is quite busy as clinician, teacher and jazz educator.
|Recommended recordings:||"Baritone Madness"||Beehive BH 7000 (LP)|
|"L.A.Bound"||Night Life NLR 3007|
|"It's Time"||Reservoir RSR CD 123|
|"What it Takes"||Reservoir RSR CD 117|
|"On a Different Level"||Reservoir RSR CD 112|
|"Raincheck"||Reservoir RSR CD 108|