John Nugent

Producer & Artistic Director CGI Rochester International Jazz Festival John Nugent—musician and producer was born in Newfoundland, Canada. He became a naturalized American citizen in 2003. As a young boy, he watched his grandfather import and sell musical instruments at his family’s hundred-year old business. “He always said, ‘treat people the way you would want them to treat you.’ And I carry that wisdom with me always,” says Nugent. MR. NUGENT HOLDS A WIDELY RESPECTED KNOWLEDGE OF MUSIC AND THE ABILITY TO PERFORM ON ANY STAGE, BUT THE 56-YEAR OLD PROMOTER IS ALSO BLESSED WITH SOLID BUSINESS ACUMEN. In 1990, Nugent astounded the Canadian jazz scene with the independent release of his recording debut "Did I Tell You." That album resulted in critics comparing him favorably to tenor giant Sonny Rollins. Unlike Rollins or any other aspiring jazz saxophonist before him, Nugent plays all four members of the saxophone family (soprano, alto, tenor and baritone). Additionally, Nugent can switch straight ahead from mainstream jazz work as showcased on the "Did I Tell You" album, to the stylish hot R&B contemporary jazz flavors of his self-titled Jazz Inspiration debut. This album features the track "Penny for My Thoughts", one of the biggest Canadian instrumental radio ads in 1993. Since 1993 he has released 4 recordings as a leader including year (June 21-29, 2013), the festival has grown to become one of the top five jazz festivals in the nation and is recognized globally as a leader in presenting high level emerging artists via its renowned Club Pass Series. Mr. Nugent may have great taste in music, but the 56-year old promoter is blessed with business sense as well. Taking care of business leaves less time for music, but Mr. Nugent still finds time to play his sax. “These days, I enjoy just as much satisfaction seeing the events I produce become reality as I do playing the horn on a creative level with the artists and bands I’m fortunate enough to perform with.”

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Cycles & Timelines: Succeeding in the Business of Music

Cycles & Timelines: Succeeding in the Business of Music