Brian Nova is a performer and educator who, according to a recent poll in Jazz Improv Magazine, is considered one of the top Jazz Guitarists/Vocalists in the nation. He has the distinction of being the only guitarist who was mentored by, and toured with, the two titans of jazz guitar: Herb Ellis and Joe Pass. Nova performs internationally and records as a solo artist, with his trio, his quartet, and his 12-piece big band. Brian is on Arturo Sandoval’s Grammy® Award winning album Dear Diz, which garnered a Grammy® and three Latin Grammys® in 2013.
A Concord Recording Artist, Nova has toured and performed with many of the jazz elite, including Stanley Turrentine, Bud Shank, Arturo Sandoval, Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Benny Green, RayBrown, Neils Henning Orsted-Pederson, Bobby Durham, Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff, Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessel, Taj Mahal, Lionel Hampton, Kurt Elling, Dee Daniels, and many more. He has also played with blues and rock legends Charlie Musselwhite, Al Jardine (Beach Boys), Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Eric Burdon (Animals & War), Dave Mason, Joe Satriani, Mark O’Connor, Zack Brown Band, Clint Black, and Rock and Roll icon Steve Miller.
In addition to performing, Nova also encourages young jazz musicians to further their own musical education and stage presence. From 1990 to 1996, he was the Director of Jazz and Guitar Studies for the Music Program at Seattle University. He continues to mentor the next- generation of professional musicians through his master classes and the clinics he conducts around the world.
Brian plays a Bravo Elite model.
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“I’ve met and known a lot of guitarists in my career, and ‘B’ is one of the best guitarists I’ve ever met.” – Steve Miller
“I feel Brian is one of the finest jazz guitarists on the scene!” – Joe Pass, 1994