"John Nugent is on his way to becoming a major force as a jazz saxophonist."
In 1990, JOHN NUGENT astounded the Canadian jazz scene with the independent release of his recording debut "Did I Tell You." That album resulted in critics comparing him favorably to tenor giant Sonny Rollins. Unlike Rollins or any other aspiring jazz saxophonist before him,. NUGENT plays all four members of the saxophone family (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone).
Additionally, NUGENT can switch straight ahead from mainstream jazz work as showcased on the "Did I Tell You" album, to the stylish hot R&B contemporary jazz flavours of his self-titled JAZZ INSPIRATION debut. This album features the track "Penny For My Thoughts", one of the biggest Canadian instrumental radio adds in 1993.
Born in St. John’s, Newfoundland to a very musical family, NUGENT graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1982 with a diploma in Jazz Studies. From there he attended the Banff Scholl of Fine Arts in the summer of 1983, and then embarked on a four year stint at North Texas State University. As a member of the One O’Clock Jazz Band, he recorded five albums and toured Australia, Europe and the US. From there he became a member of the famous Woody Herman Orchestra and toured internationally with them for two years.
JOHN NUGENT has performed with a plethora of
well-known musicians and entertainers including Ella Fitzgerald, Tony
Bennet, Rosemary Clooney, Buddy Defranco, Clark Terry, Mel Lweis, Jim
Hall, Bob Hope, the Temptations, the Four Tops and Stevie Ray Vaughan.