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Nick Mazzarella

Primary Instrument: Sax, alto

Born: July 15, 1984    

Alto saxophonist and composer Nick Mazzarella (b. 1984) has been a participant in Chicago’s jazz, free jazz, improvised music, and rock scenes as a bandleader, sideman, and presenter since 2002. After completing his formal music education at DePaul University (Bachelor of Music 2006, Master of Music 2009), he began performing regularly with his own groups and with projects led by his peers at venues throughout the city and the United States. His efforts have been especially concentrated around the activities of his primary working band, the Nick Mazzarella Trio, the musician and presenter collective Umbrella Music, and the Ratchet Series, a grass roots effort to establish a performance haven for free jazz on the south side of Chicago. Equally at home in the worlds of the traditional and the avant-garde, Mazzarella maintains a continuous performance schedule encompassing a variety of musical contexts, but focuses the majority of his energy on the areas of composition-based free jazz and free improvisation. It is through his work in these stylistic mediums that Mazzarella has developed a distinctive voice....
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    Aviary

    Self Produced
    2011
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Featured recording “This is Only a Test: Live at the Hungry Brain”

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This is Only a Test: Live at the Hungry Brain

Self Produced (2011)

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”Volcanic Chicago saxophonist Nick Mazzarella is more technical than many fire-­breathing horn men; an overdriven parry may consist of a series of precisely articulated arpeggios rather than a giant slur. His buoyant freebop has a joyous sound and feel all its own.” - John Corbett, Chicago Reader

”Mazzarella’s prowess stems from his billowing timbre and clarity of thought.” - Neil Tesser, chicagomusic.org

“To hear Nick Mazzarella play the alto saxophone is to hear a well-honed connection between his creative impulse and the horn that becomes an extension of his musical identity...

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INSTRUMENT
1934 C.G. Conn Transitional Alto Saxophone

MOUTHPIECE
Jody Espina, da Vinci

LIGATURE
Rico H (Harrison Copy)

REEDS
Gonzalez, Local 627 Cut

INSTRUMENT STAND
König & Meyer 14340

INSTRUMENT CASE
Walt Johnson
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