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Nick D'Amico, born Nicola Marcello D'Amico is an American Composer-Musician, a recording
artist is a noteable studio musician and arranger who was very active as a session player in
Hollywood from the early 1960's to the late 1980's, playing on several famous recordings.
In the 1990's, Nick built his own recording facility and began producing recordings in the
filed of jazz, classical, pop and holiday music.

As a composer-arranger, Nick wrote many classical and jazz pieces, some of which won public
acclaim. Several recordings were launched afterwards and one of his titles, Evolution II, an
original latin jazz/pop album released in 2010, received international attention when it was
ranked at number one on the World Music charts for 23 straight weeks in 2011. A serious
bicycle accident in 2010 prevented D'Amico from promoting the recording with any personal
appearances and he soon after retreated from live music but not from recording. He is still
active in the recording end of the business and works on releases for himself and other artists
in the field of Jazz, Classical and Pop music.


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.
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 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 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 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, Nick joined
The Outsiders ("Time Won't Let Me") and went on the road with the group. The group changed their
name to Climax in 1970 and Nick wrote the original arrangement, played keyboard and sang back up
vocals for their #1 hit, "Precious & Few". Nick also co-wrote other songs featured on the same Climax
recording. Nick left Climax in 1971 after creative differences with the band and he moved on and
toured 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 in
Behavioral Science.
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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
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


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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