DownBeat Award-winning saxophonist and Philadelphia native Nick Marziani is a rising force in today’s music scene. Drawing inspiration from all sides of his musical upbringing, Nick’s songs combine the soulfulness and colors of jazz with the upbeat grooves of dance, pop and R&B music. Influenced by the improvisational prowess of Michael Brecker to the funky grooves of Grover Washington, Jr., Nick’s playing brings a fresh, unique perspective to the saxophone in the Philly and New York jazz scenes.
Nick was recognized for his innate talents as soon as he began playing. “Marziani joined the Marple Newtown [High School] Jazz Ensemble while still an eigth-grader at Paxon Hollow Middle School. At the Glenn Miller Division of Jazz Champs, Nick performed two solos that earned him best solo for alto sax. Director Michael Massimo said that Nick is the first freshman to receive the soloist award during his tenure.” – Delco Times
Through his school years, Nick earned the lead alto saxophone seat in the Pennsylvania All-State Jazz Ensemble and the Philly All-Star Big Band for 3
years consecutively, and was selected as both lead alto saxophonist and lead tenor saxophonist for the All-Eastern and All-National Jazz Ensembles.
“Nick Marziani practiced with dedication to gain a chair or part in his local, district and state music honor ensembles. And now Nick Marziani will join the ‘best of the best’”. – IN Marple Newtown Magazine
Under the tutelage of saxophone legends Donny McCaslin and Jaleel Shaw, Nick graduated in 2022 from the prestigious Manhattan School of Music, and in the same year won the DownBeat Magazine Award for Blues, Pop and Rock Soloist.
Nick has led his band at the legendary Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia, and renowned NYC jazz clubs ShapeShifter Lab and The Bar Next Door, having also played the Kennedy Center, Kimmel Center, Harriet Tubman Freedom Music Festival, Westylvania Jazz Festival, Burlington Jazz Festival, and more as an in- demand sideman. Nick has shared the stage with jazz legends Wycliffe Gordon, Ingrid Jensen, and more.
Nick’s bright, soulful saxophone can be heard at venues throughout the NYC/Philly areas and is available to stream on all platforms.