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NICOLA MARCELLO D'AMICO
Nick D'Amico
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Nick D'Amico, born Nicola Marcello D'Amico is an American Composer-Musician, a recording artist
who was a noteable studio musician and arranger from the 1960's to the 1980's. He wrote many
classical and jazz pieces, a few of which won public acclaim. Several recordings were launched and
one of his titles, Evolution II, an original latin jazz/pop album released in 2010, received
international acclaim as it was ranked at number one on the World Music charts for 23 straight
weeks in 2011. However, a serious bicycle accident in 2010 prevented D'Amico from promoting the
recording with any personal appearances and he retreated from live music but not from recording.
He is still active in the recording end of the business and working on upcoming releases for himself
and other artists in the field of Jazz, Classical and Pop.

 
EARLY LIFE

A native of Los Angeles, California, Nick D'Amico's music training began when he was four years old
and took him into the world of jazz at the age of nine. Nick was born to Nicola D'Amico and Teresa
Tirelli, both professional opera singers of note and prominent in the Italian American community.
Nick D'Amico (Nicola Marcello D'Amico) became a member of the Musicians Union AFM Local 47 in
Los Angeles at the age of 15 and graduated from Hollywood High School with a background in
choral music and instrumental music as a young composer, pianist, woodwind player and
percussionist, under the direction of Bob Williams. Nick attended LACC, studied with Bob
MacDonald and played in the LACC studio band. He attended UCLA on a film scoring scholarship
and, as a composition major, received opportunities to score for large orchestra during his 11 years
at the Westwood campus. His talent was recognized early in his career and he is well known in the
world of recording.

CAREER

As a session player, either as a musician and/or singer, D'Amico performed on hits for artists such as
Diana Ross ("Ain't No Mountain High Enough"), David Clayton Thomas, many tracks for the late
Gene Page, Joe Gottfried, and other producers of note.
In 1972, Nick D'Amico wrote music for a Rock
Opera entitled "Walking in My Time". The Production, a controversial musical protest of the
Vietnam war, premiered in May of 1972 in San Francisco at the On Broadway Theatre. Pro-war critics
gave mixed reviews of the show although raving about the music score, with the exception of Herb
Caen, who called the music "unfailingly beautiful". But the show would become a hit because of its
antics and anti-war theme (every night the audience signed a protest letter to Nixon to stop the war).
As well as the show was doing, the Vietnam War was very unpopular and the show closed when the
war ended twelve weeks later.

In 1973, D'Amico wrote his first classical concerto for piano and orchestra. The work is entitled
"The Courting".

D'Amico continued recording and doing live performances both as a player and a singer. He started
his own local LA group and played the nightclub circuit in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Reno and Tahoe.
Nick also worked with his good friend Kenny Davis, traveling to Texas to perform for standing room
only audiences in Dallas and other major cities. He also did gigs with Buddy Rich, Peter Marshall,
Andy Williams and other notables.

In 1980, Nick met his soon to be wife, Diane Burt, and not long afterward began arranging for
The Caroling Company, an a cappella vocal ensemble, ultimately destined to promote the wonderful
Alfred Burt Christmas Carols. Alfred Burt was Diane's father and Nick immediately fell in love with
Mr. Burt's carols, "little masterpieces". Many of Nick's Christmas arrangements were featured on
television and films, including "Deck The Halls", a four part invention he wrote for the opening
credits of The Addams Family (1991) movie with Raul Julia and Angelica Huston.

   
Nick and Diane D'Amico


PRODUCING


In 1995, as a gift for his mother in law, Anne Burt, Mr. D'Amico remastered for CD the 1965 Grammy
nominated Alfred Burt Carols recording, "This Is Christmas", and later that year he remastered for
CD the original 1954 Burt Carols recording of "The Christmas Mood", featuring the Columbia Choir &
the great Ralph Carmichael's Brass Ensemble on Columbia Records. D'Amico couldn't seem to get
away from Christmas music, as in 2002, Brian Setzer's producer asked him to write a vocal
arrangement to "O Holy Night" for the multi million selling "Boogie Woogie Christmas" CD and Nick
contracted The Caroling Company to sing back up vocals for Setzer. The following year (2003), Nick
D'Amico produced The Caroling Company's first hit CD, "A Christmas Present from The Caroling
Company", released on VAG Records. In 2004, he also produced "The Alfred Burt Carols Golden
Anniversary Collection", featuring many of the major recording artists who have helped keep the
carols alive since 1954. D'Amico also played keyboards on stage for Garth Brooks, Charley Pride and
other performing artists. Nick D'Amico's 2010 Grammy listed Latin Jazz CD, "Evolution II, is an all
original Latin Jazz/Pop CD that featured Nick D'Amico on piano, flute, vibraphone, percussion,
singing, arranging, songwriting. He also produced the recording.

 
 
 
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