Tribute to Nick Brignola @ the Van Dyck, 1/29/11

Lee Shaw and Nick Brignola in the 1990's (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)
Lee Shaw and Nick Brignola in the 1990's (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

Nobody could blow that big, bad baritone sax like Nick Brignola.

An internationally acclaimed jazz star, baritone sax master Nick Brignola was born in Troy, and whenever he returned from a trans-Atlantic tour of European jazz fests, he always landed right back home in Nippertown.

Brignola passed away on February 8, 2002, but nearly a decade later, his music is still as vivid and powerful as ever.

At 7:30pm on Saturday, the Van Dyck in Schenectady – the site of many a magnificent performance by the great saxman – will host a special Tribute to Nick Brignola concert featuring the Van Dyck All Stars.

The band features a dream collection of some of Nippertown’s finest jazz musicians. Pianist Lee Shaw – a veteran jazz star in her own right – was a longtime friend of Brignola. Tenor sax man Brian Patneaude is one of the premier horn players of the area, performing with a wide-ranging variety of bands, including his own quartet. Drummer David Calarco, guitarist Chuck D’Aloia and bassist Otto Gardner are ace jazz musicians, as well as long-time Brignola bandmates.

The evening’s festivities will be emceed by Bill McCann, the host of WCDB-FM’s long-running “Saturday Morning Edition of Jazz.”

A Tribute to Nick Brignola featuring the Van Dyck All Stars will take place at the Van Dyck in Schenectady at 7:30pm on Saturday. Advance tix – available online or at the club – are $12; tix will be $15 at the door.

  1. Rose Brennan says

    I was a cocktail waitress who worked Jazz night when Nick B played the Lark Tavern. JR Montrose also played at the Lark Tavern -late 70’s/early eighties (a long time ago) and they were the BEST nights to work because the music was something people listened to instead of talked through! I loved to work those nights! Nick was a nice guy too! I became a lover of the sax because of his playing~no doubt!
    What a nice thing to do~have a tribute for him! Hope it sizzles!~Rose

  2. Greg says

    Rose, oh how I loved those Tuesday nights with Nick at the Lark. While so many folks were complaining about Smallbany, all I could think is, “This is happening in my town? For free? How can I be so lucky?”

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