Tom BrigandiTom Brigandi is a jazz musician who has paid his dues in the time-honored tradition, under the watchful tutelage of a who's who of seasoned bop mentors like Nick Brignola, J.R. Montrose and Chuck Mangione.
...Tom was a member of the Chuck Mangione Quartet from January 1994 till May 1997.He
has played with Jazz artists such as Mike Stern, Leni Stern, Steve Gadd, Gerry Niewood, Eric Alexander, Joe Locke, Joe Magnarelli, Lew Soloff, etc., to name a few.Tom
recently returned from a five-week engagement in Istanbul, Turkey at the prestigious Q Club with Amhearst recording artist Nancy Kell.
currently resides in the New York City Area.He
credits friend and music collaborator Mike Stern (a former Miles Davis and Brecker Brother guitarist) and long time friend Danny D'Imperio (V.S.O.P. Recording artist) for influencing his
toured as part of the "Little Giants Reunion" band with Chuck
and Gap Mangione, Gerry Niewood and Charles Ruggiero, and with the "Gerry Niewood Quartet" and "Junior Mance Quartet" (also with D'Imperio).
...Thomas Paul Brigandi
was born in Syracuse, New York.As a child his
father, a jazz guitarist who played in small clubs in the upstate area, introduced him to jazz.Tom
began drums at the age of eight, influenced by then-idol Buddy Rich.
...By high school, Tom was winning awards and honors on both instruments, from All-County (Onondaga) Bands "Best Drummer" to NAJE's (National Association of Jazz Educator's) "Outstanding Player". Tom
began playing bass when his
high school jazz band came up short and the band director asked him to fill the void.After a few short months and graduation, he
was on the bandstand with saxophonists Andy Fusco, Gary Keller, Frank Moser and Joe Romano, Trumpeter Glen Drews (who was a Frank Sinatra crew member) and others at "Soo-Lin's
", a Syracuse restaurant and jazz club.That fall Tom attended the Berklee School of Music and later transferred to the Crane School of Music at the State University of New York at Potsdam.
While pursuing studies, he
gained playing experience in small clubs around town. After leaving State University of New York, Tom was offered a long-term gig on the "Azure Sea's", a L.A. -based cruise ship, backing up various stars as the bassist in the show band.
most recently returned from a five-week engagement in Istanbul, Turkey at the prestigious Q Club with Amherst recording artist Nancy Kelly.