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Nicola Corso is a New York-based performer, composer, and arranger, currently a part of the BMI Jazz Composer’s Workshop. Born in 1974, he first picked up the trumpet as a boy in Campobasso (Italy), then switching to electric bass when he discovered jazz music at the age of 19. He studied with some of the most renowned teachers and attended the Berklee summer clinics in Perugia, during Umbria Jazz Festival. He also took part in winter courses at Siena Jazz and workshops at Arquato jazz, where he had the opportunity to meet with Furio Di Castri and Paolino Dalla Porta. 
From 1995 to 1999 became an integral part of the young band Blue Image performing on numerous concerts in Southern-Mid Italy and winning a competition for emerging groups. 
In 2000 he moved to London and spent there more than two years. In the British capital he played in concerts with artists coming from the melting pot of musical influences that a city like London has to offer. He was a permanent member of the quintet led by trumpeter Paul Batik, that was performing every weeks at the Effra Hall in Brixton. He regularly collaborated with Quentin Collins, Paolo Losi, Adriano Adewale, Sebastian Rochford, Jonny Phillips, Luca Tozzi and attended the harmony and arrangement course at Morley College. 
Back in Italy, he rejoined the musicians of his area, began collaborating with the Molise Symphony Orchestra, took up the double bass and had the opportunity to share the stage with great artists including: Nigel Price, Mike Applebaum, Nate Birkey, Maurizio Giammarco, Alfonso and Sandro Deidda, Daniele Scannapieco, Max Ionata, Giovanni Amato, Diana Torto, Jerry Popolo, Lello Panico, Antonello Vannucchi, etc. He has performed at the following festivals: II National Youth Orchestras Jazz Festival of Italy 1994, Umbria Jazz Winter #3, Eddie Lang Jazz Festival 2004 - 2007 – 2008 - 2009, Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival 2009, Lucca Jazz Donna 2010, World Music Project 2012, Rocca in Jazz 2013.

Nicola graduated from the Benevento Conservatory of Music (2005 - 2009) with a Bachelor's degree in jazz bass performance and from the "L. Perosi" Conservatory of Music in Campobasso (2009 - 2011) with a Master's degree in jazz composition, both passed with honours.

He participated in the CD recording of "Occidente – Perosi Musici", and as a member of the group "BLUETIME", he won the competition "BargaJazz 09" cat. D (groups), and recorded the CD "Lite Blue", released by Japanese label King International Inc. Moreover he won, together with the “Sala’s 4t”, the National Arts Award 2009. 

Since he was named the winner of the Composition and Arranging Competition dedicated to Kenny Wheeler (Barga, 2007), Nicola has been causing major waves in the jazz orchestra writing, being nominated prize winner or finalist in many international competitions around the world. 
A composition by him was selected for the finale of the second edition of the international competition "Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble Composition Contest 2011" (NY - USA), earning Honorable Mention.

He has been used as a copyist for the publisher Carisch SpA of Milan.

Prizes & Awards



Composition & Arranging

  • 2012 - Prizewinner, "BargaJazz 2012" International Arranging and Composition Competition for Jazz Orchestra, Barga (LU) - Italy.  XXV edition, sec. B dedicated to original composition. Orchestra conducted by Bruno Tommaso. Foreman of the jury: Mario Raja.
  • 2009 - Prizewinner, "Carl von Ossietzky - Kompositionspreis" International Composition Competition, Oldenburg - Germany. IX edition, new originals for Classical Orchestra and Big Band.
  • 2007 - Prizewinner, "BargaJazz07" International Arranging and Composition Competition for Jazz Orchestra, Barga (LU) - Italy. XX edition, sec. A dedicated to Kenny Wheeler, who performed the arrangement with the orchestra conducted by Bruno Tommaso. Foreman of the jury: Giancarlo Gazzani.
  • 2011 - Honorable Mention, "Ithaca College Jazz Ensemble" Composition Contest, Ithaca (NY) - USA. II edition, new originals for Big Band.
  • 2010 - Finalist, "ArtEZ 2010" International Composition Contest, Enschede - Netherlands. IV edition, new originals for the Millenium Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Joan Reinders.
  • 2010 - Finalist, "Jazzverk 2010" International Composition Competition, Stockholm - Sweden. XI edition, new originals for the Bohuslän Big Band, conducted by Ann-Sofi Söderqvist.
  • 2008 - Finalist, "Scrivere in Jazz" International Composition Competition, Sassari - Italy. X edition, compositions inspired by ethnic music from Sardinia, performed by Orchestra Jazz della Sardegna.
  • 2007 - Finalist, "Piacenza Jazz Arrangers" National Arranging Competition for Big Band, Piacenza - Italy. II edition, dedicated to John Coltrane.



  • 2010 - Prizewinner [as bass player of the BlueTime 4et], "Lucca Jazz Donna" Contest, Lucca - Italy. III edition, Italian contest for bands with female leader.
  • 2009 - Prizewinner [as bass player of the BlueTime 5et], "BargaJazz09" Contest, Barga (LU) - Italy. Section D - Bands.
  • 2008 - Prizewinner [as bass player of the Sala’s 4et], "Premio Nazionale delle Arti - Jazz" Contest, Messina - Italy. Italian prize for Conservatory students. Jury: Giovanni Tommaso, Franco D’andrea, Larry Monroe (Berklee College of Music, Boston - USA).
  • 2000 - Third prize [as bass player of the Time Up 4et], "Baronissi Jazz" Contest, Baronissi (SA) - Italy. Professional category of the well known national competition.

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