Nicholas Bridgman composes and performs contemporary jazz piano. He is classically trained, having studied with classical pianist Gloria Cheng and composer Miguel del Aguila. He has performed with numerous jazz ensembles in California, including Berkeley’s U.C. Jazz and with guitarist Gary Tobin, whose advice and influence led him to change from purely improvising and reading music to composing his own songs. Since then, he has released four albums of his original pieces. His writing often blends inspiration from jazz greats such as Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea with modern influences from smooth jazz, pop, folk, and new age.