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Tom was a member of The Chuck Mangione Quartet from January 1994 till May 1997.Check out these two Windows Media clips of Tom and and the The Chuck Mangione Quartet :.click here to play video.Solo Tom Brigandiclick here to play video.Chuck Mangione with Tom Brigandi2. Rack 'em ( Tom Brigandi ) 8 : 54Tom Brigandi
About Tom Brigandi
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. Tom 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 playing.Tom 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.Tom most recently returned from a five-week engagement in Istanbul, Turkey at the prestigious Q Club with Amherst recording artist Nancy Kelly.
Very Sad News - Mangione Magic
Chuck Mangione's musicians Gerry Niewood and Coleman Mellett died in plane crash; Syracuse bass player Tom Brigandi remembers Niewood
Update at 3:04 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, after talking with Syracuse bass player Tom Brigandi. The tragic plane crash to the west of Syracuse has touched the music world. Syracuse bassist Tom Brigandi was a member of Mangione's band alongside Niewood for four years, in the last 1990s. He played everything," said the audibly shaken Brigandi, who hadn't heard the news until my phone call. "It's hard for me to even talk about it," Brigandi said, taking a moment to collect his thoughts. We flew on the same plane together out of New York all the time," Brigandi said.