“The Silverstein alto ligature allows the reed the ultimate freedom to vibrate. It opens up my sound far more than any other ligature. The positive effect it has on my tone is astounding.” ~ Nicholas Biello
Hailed as “a brash new voice to New York’s vibrant jazz scene,” by AllAboutJazz.com, saxophonist, keyboardist, multi-instrumentalist and composer Nick Biello is developing a reputation as an exciting and artful musician.
Nick has shared the stage with world-class artists, such as Slide Hampton, Cedar Walton, the Jimmy Heath Big Band, Rich Perry, Phil Markowitz, Steve Davis, Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band, Clarence Penn, John Benitez, Henry Cole, Harvie S, Victor Bailey, Jaimoe Johnson and Butch Trucks of the Allman Brothers. He has performed at the Pescara and Bussi Jazz Festivals in Italy, as well as the Litchfield Jazz Festival, the New Haven Jazz Festival, and the Westchester Jazz Festival. Nick’s saxophone has been heard at venues such as the Blue Note, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center, The Iridium, B.B. King’s, The House of Blues in Chicago, The Paramount Theater, The Birchmere Theater, Smalls, Smoke, Zinc Bar, The Kitano, Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater, Bar Next Door, Rockwood Music Hall, Webster Theater, Infinity Hall, and Toad’s Place.
Nick was accepted to the John F. Kennedy Center’s prestigious “Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead” program in 2009. “Betty Carter” focuses on developing the compositional skills of participants through masterclasses and workshops. Its faculty boasts some of the most respected names in Jazz, such as Jason Moran, Ralph Peterson, and Mark Whitfield.
The Blue Note selected the Nick Biello Quartet, featuring Kerong Chok, Cameron Kayne, and Manuel Weyand, to participate in their Thelonious Monk Emerging Artist Series in 2010. The series focused on young, upcoming talent in Jazz. The Quartet shared the stage with vibraphone legend Gary Burton.
In 2013, Nick joined the Martin Schulte Quartet for a 2-week concert series in Seoul, Korea. Topping off the tour was a performance and masterclass for the German Consulate of Korea.
Recently he was recognized for his prowess as a saxophonist and improviser by being named the winner of the Julius Keilwerth 2014 International Saxophone Idol Competition. Additionally, as part of being named the winner of the competition, Nick was afforded the opportunity to perform alongside the great Ernie Watts.
Nick has been recorded on hundreds of albums, from his own original projects to his work as a sideman for other artists. His upcoming release, “Vagabond Soul,” will be released in 2017 and features Phil Markowitz, John Benitez, Clarence Penn, Paul Jones, Andrew Renfroe, and Vincent Lionti. He continues to enjoy working with musicians from all corners of the musical map on the New York scene, such as Composers Concordance, The Highline Chamber Ensemble, and the SNAP Saxophone Quartet, co-led by fellow saxophonists Sam Dillon, Andrew Gould, and Paul Jones.
In demand as a composer and arranger, Nicholas has written arrangements that have been performed by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Dave Koz, and Kelly Rowland. His work has been televised on networks such as ABC and ESPN, and heard in venues in Las Vegas, L.A., and New York City. He has worked with members of the famed Apollo Theater house band in music composition and production.
Nick has studied with Jackie McLean, Steve Wilson, George Garzone, Jon Gordon, and Phil Markowitz, and holds a Master of Music Degree from Manhattan School of Music.
With experience in an array of educational environments, Nick is available as a group clinician or as a private teacher. He is currently a performing artist and clinician at the Drayton Harbor Music Festival in Washington, and is a faculty member of the Cider Mill Conservatory and the Music Conservatory of Westchester.
Nick is a D’addario Woodwinds Artist and Silverstein Artist and uses D’addario reeds and Silverstein ligatures.