Jazz Saxophonist, Bandleader, Composer, Educator
"Nick Brust’s playing and writing is evidence that the future of the alto saxophone is in good hands. Rarely do you find a young player who combines exquisite, head-spinningly dextrous playing with such thoughtful ideas and compositions. Check him out!" (Will Vinson)
“It’s clear that while Brust has absorbed the varied influences of a couple of generations of jazz saxophonists, he is well on the way to developing a clear personal voice.” (David Kastin, author of "Nica's Dream: The Life and Legend of the Jazz Baroness”)
Heralded as a premiere saxophonist of his generation, Nicholas Brust has established his voice in the world of modern jazz. He has found his niche as a bandleader and composer, taking advantage of the numerous textures and combinations available in small-group improvised music, from duo to sextet. While Nick has performed with numerous highly acclaimed musicians in NYC, he makes a priority of working with up-and-coming talent that he believes in. Nick is currently on faculty at The Music Conservatory of Westchester and Elefante School for the Performing Arts.
Nick released an EP of original music entitled 'Brooklyn Folk Songs' in January 2015. Brooklyn Folk Songs “showcases a set of original compositions that infuse sturdy melodies with a rich, contemporary harmonic palette...like the borough for which it’s named - encompasses a variety of moods along with its own unique accent” (David Kastin). Since then Nick has continued to showcase his compositional and improvisational talents in a series of videos that can be found on his Youtube channel. Nick recently recorded his debut full-length album and plans to release it in Fall 2019.
Before moving to New York, Nick attended New England Conservatory in Boston where he studied with Jerry Bergonzi, Frank Carlberg, Ran Blake, John McNeil, Donny McCaslin, and Miguel Zenón. He graduated with honors in May 2012 with a Master's degree in Jazz Performance. Prior to attending NEC, Nick attended the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Walt Weiskopf, Harold Danko, and Chien-Kwan Lin. Nick graduated in May 2010 with a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies and Music Education. Nick has continued his studies in New York with Will Vinson, Lage Lund, and Seamus Blake.
Nick has many influences, but the most prominent voices that have influenced his style in recent years are Michael Brecker, McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, Robert Glasper, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Kenny Garrett, Nicholas Payton, Chris Potter, Pat Methany, Jackie Mclean, and Roy Hargrove.