A native of Los Angeles, California, Nick D'Amico's music training began when he was four years old
and took him
world of jazz at the age of nine. Nick was born to Nicola D'Amico and Teresa
Tirelli, both professional opera
of note and prominent in the Italian American community.
He was the youngest of his generation, 16 years younger than his youngest sibling, Elvira, the
youngest of 3 older sisters.
Nick D'Amico (Nicola Marcello D'Amico) became
member of the Musicians Union AFM
Los Angeles at the age of 15 and graduated from Hollywood
High School with a background
choral and instrumental music as a young composer, pianist, woodwind player and
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
major, received opportunities to score
for large orchestra during his 11 years
at the Westwood
His talent was recognized early in his career and
he is still well known in the
world of recording.
The days of rock & roll: As a session player, either as a musician and/or singer, he 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 1968,
The Outsiders ("Time Won't Let Me") and went on the
road with the group. The group changed
name to Climax in 1970 and Nick wrote the original arrangement, played
keyboard and sang
vocals for their #1 hit, "Precious & Few". Nick also co-wrote other songs featured on the
recording. Nick left Climax in 1971 after creative differences with the band and he moved on and
briefly with several rock bands until he decided in 1974 that jazz was his calling. He returned
to college life at UCLA where he pursued a Doctorate in Music Composition and a Masters
Photos of Nick with The Outsiders and Climax (1968 to 1971)
As a session player, either as a musician and/or singer, D'Amico performed on hits for artists
("Ain't No Mountain High Enough"), David Clayton Thomas, many tracks
for the late
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
Vietnam war, premiered in
May of 1972 in San Francisco at the On Broadway Theatre. Pro-war
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
and anti-war theme (every night the audience signed a
Nixon to stop the war).
As well as the show was
doing, the Vietnam War was very
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
only audiences in Dallas and other major cities.
also did gigs with Buddy Rich, Peter Marshall,
Andy Williams and other
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.