Brian Nova

Concord Recording Artist Brian Nova is considered one of the top Jazz Guitarists/Vocalists in the nation, according to a recent poll in Jazz Improv Magazine.  Joe Pass said of Nova: ‘I feel Brian is one of the finest Jazz Guitarists on the scene!’  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. Rock Icon Steve Miller says: ‘I’ve met and known a lot of guitarists in my career, and ‘B’ is the best guitarists I’ve ever met.’ Nova performs, and records, as a solo artist, with his Trio, Quartet, and his 12-piece Big Band. Brian is on Arturo Sandoval’s Grammy® Award winning CD ‘Dear Diz’, which garnered a Grammy® and 3 Latin Grammys® in 2013.

Nova has toured and performed with many of the Jazz elite including: Saxophonists Eddie Harris, Illinois Jaquet, Danny Turner, Frank Foster, Tom Scott, Dave Koz, Kenny G, Bobby Watson, Stanley Turrentine, Bud Shank, Pete Christleib, Med Flory, Hadley Calman, Don Lamphere, Floyd Standifer, Bill Ramsey; Trumpeters Arturo Sandoval, Harry ‘Sweets’ Edison, Dizzy Gillespie, Steve Madaio, Fred Radke, Rich Thurer, John Capobianco, Mike Vax; Pianists Oscar Peterson, Gerald Wiggins, Buddy Greco, Shelly Berg, Kenny Drew, Jessica Williams, Joe Fos, Larry Fuller and Benny Green; Bassists RayBrown, Red Mitchell, Neils Henning Orsted-Pederson, Jim Hughart, Jim DeJulio, Luther Hughes, Dave Carpenter, Marshall Hawkins, Andy Simpkins, Leroy Vinneger, Mads Vinding, Buddy Catlett, John Heard; Drummers  Gregg Field, Jeff Hamilton, Colin Bailey, Mel Brown, Eddie Henderson, Dick Berk, Butch Miles, Bobby Durham, Paul Kreibich;  Organists Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff,  Barney McClure;  Guitarists Joe Pass, Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd, Larry Coryell, Barney Kessel, Mundell Lowe, John Pisano, John Stowell, Henry Johnson and Taj Mahal; Trombonists Julian Priester, Dean Hubbard and Fred Wesley; Vibraphonists Lionel Hampton, Christian Tambur, Louis Hjulmand, Kiyoko Ami and Ricky Kelly; Vocalists Diane Schuur, Joe Williams, Kurt Elling, Buddy Greco, Ernestine Anderson, Freddie Cole, Dee Daniels, Jay Clayton, Greta Matassa, Mark Murphy; and 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.

 “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


Nova performs throughout North America with extended bookings in major cities and as a Jazz Festival artist. His annual European Tour includes engagements in Sicily, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, France, Spain and Italy. His Pan-Pacific Tour includes China, Taiwan, and a sold out tour in Japan every December.

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. Nova began his Jazz career in Seattle, WA.  He has lived in New York, Denmark, and now makes his home in California.

“I feel Brian is one of the finest jazz guitarists on the scene!” – Joe Pass, 1994

Visit Brian’s website.

Brian plays a Benedetto Bravo Elite.

Brian Nova has released six recordings.  His most recent release is titled “I Could Have Told You”; “The Shadow of Your Smile” released in 2005 to rave reviews; “Blue and Bossa Nova”; “Brian Nova- Alone”;  “Live at Belltown Billiards”; and “Jazz Inflections”.   

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