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Nick Mainella is a jazz educator and saxophonist residing in the Portsmouth, NH area. He is the creator and host of the 10 Minute Jazz Lesson Podcast and YouTube Channel. He is also the director of jazz at Southern New Hampshire University.


Nick mentors serious jazz students from around the world in his exclusive program, The Jazz Education Intensive. A year long system that turns participants into capable, working professional musicians. 


Nick's educational ideas and systems have been featured on outlets around the world including, Learn Jazz Standards, Musical U, The Growing Band Director Podcast, Contrabass Conversations, Best Saxophone Website Ever and more. Nick regularly travels the US presenting clinics and workshops to audiences of students and educators.

Nick is also a published author with Hal Leonard having authored a definitive saxophone text, Comprehensive Saxophone Warm-Ups

Nick has had the pleasure of studying with some of the greatest teachers in the world including, Clark Terry, Billy Hart, James Moody, Trent Kynaston, Jared Sims, and Mike Tucker. Nick received his Bachelor of Saxophone Performance from the University of New Hampshire and his Master of Jazz Performance from Western Michigan University. 

Nick also maintains an international touring schedule featuring ensembles such as the Nick Mainella Quartet, The Soggy Po Boys, and OURBIGBAND.

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