Praised as “clearly a name to watch” by All About Jazz and first prize winner of the North American Saxophone Alliance Jazz Competition 2018, Nicola Caminiti is an multi-award winning Italian saxophonist, composer, educator and bandleader based in New York City. Born and raised in Sicily, Italy, Nicola is considered one of the leading musical figures among his generation for his intensely creative modern concepts based on interplay and rhythmic mastery, still embracing a sense of musical tradition.
Since relocating to New York City in 2015 to study at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music as recipient of the International Advisory Board scholarship, he had the opportunity to develop his voice playing alongside some of the most interesting upcoming artists in today’s jazz scene such as Abdulrahman Amer, Chris Fishman, Morgan Guerin, Jongkuk Kim, Lex Korten, Adam O’Farrill and Benjamin Tiberio. He also shared the stage and recorded with worldly famed and multi-awarded musicians like Billy Childs, Stefon Harris, Ingrid Jensen, Joe Lovano, Pedrito Martinez, Arturo O’Farrill and the Grammy award-winning AfroLatin Jazz Orchestra, Logan Richardson, Bobby Sanabria and his Multiverse Big Band, Manuel Valera and others. He had the chance to perform with his projects as a leader in clubs around the city such as The Jazz Gallery and the Bar Next Door as well as a sideman at Birdland, Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola, Harlem Stage, Rockwood Music Hall and at the Village Vanguard guesting for one tune with the Ambrose Akinmusire Quintet.