17 July 1936, Troy, New York, USA, d. 8 February 2002, Albany, New York, USA. A largely self-taught baritone saxophonist, Brignola played professionally for some years before learning to read music. Later, he studied at Berklee College Of Music where he worked and recorded with Herb Pomeroy. In 1957 he was a member of the band voted Best College Jazz Group in DownBeat magazine. After briefly leading his own band in the late 50s, he played for various leaders, including Woody Herman and Ted Curson. From the mid-60s he led a jazz rock group before reuniting with Curson. Brignola also taught, both privately and at college. In the 70s, he played with Dave Holland, Bill Watrous and Pepper Adams and also recorded with Sal Nistico and Sal Salvador. In the 80s Brignola recorded with Kenny Barron and others and he played in the Mingus Superband at the Nice Jazz Festival. In the early 90s he played with Phil Woods.
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