Born: March 13, 1986 Primary Instrument: Piano
Welcome to the all about jazz page of jazz pianist and international jazz artist, Zach Bartholomew. This young, up- and-coming musician is beginning to make his mark on the music world and is in high demand in the Southeast. He is based in Tallahassee, FL and performs there regularly at clubs and music venues as well as some of the more prestigious events at the Governor's Mansion and Florida State University's President's House. Some recent bookings include a one-and-a-half month long engagement performing on a cruise ship touring Europe and performing for the inauguration of the 45th governor of Florida.
Zach performs as a sideman, solo pianist, accompanist, and as the leader of his trio. Check the calendar to see where and when you can catch his next performance. His band, the Zach Bartholomew Trio, has experience performing at clubs, cruises, festivals, political parties, private events, restaurants, and weddings. Sign up for the mailing list at www.zbjazz.com and become a fan on facebook to receive updates and current news about the ZBT.
The Zach Bartholomew Trio:
ZBT is a young, fresh piano trio devoted to the advancement of jazz through unique original compositions and fresh takes on jazz standards. The band shows respect to the tradition of jazz while pursuing it's own unique modern sound. Their plan is to advance the art of the piano trio and to inspire the music world and beyond with their take on jazz.
The trio has been performing together since 2009 when each member studied music at the Florida State University College of Music Jazz Studies program. Their sound is inspired by a lineage of heralded jazz trios they've studied, but is authentic and matchless due to the colors and textures each member contributes to one embodied sound.
Zach Bartholomew has a bold, distinctive approach to the piano. He uses intricate rhythms and melodic lines for developing ideas within improvising. In addition to the intellectual complexities of Zach's approach, there is a deep-rooted sense history in his sound. Miles Bozeman fits brilliantly into a trio setting. He flickers between complex rhythmic support and complimenting the melodic line with an unmatched style. Brandon Robertson's bass lines act as the smooth backbone of the trio − providing the group with an intense groove peppered with melodic sound.
ZBT has performed in jazz venues throughout the southeast as well as across the European coast. The band has also performed in jazz festivals throughout the southeast, such as the South Carolina Jazz Festival, the Jacksonville Jazz Festival, and the Tallahassee Jazz & Blues Festival. In August 2011, the trio secured 1st place in the Salett Arts Center Jazz Trio Competition in Raleigh, N.C. Another exciting time for ZBT was when they traveled overseas together to perform around Europe via Princess Cruise lines. The trio's many feats, large and small, have been featured by a variety of magazines, newspapers and radio broadcasts.
ZBT prides itself on its deep focus on history, innovation, musicality, and improvisation of jazz. This provides a lucid balance that allows the group to be completely expressive while maintaining a devoted sense of structure. Each member of ZBT remains dedicated to writing originals and advancing the group along its journey. They have a great respect for the past and are looking forward to contributing their own music to the world in the future.
Awards:1st Place in Salett Arts Center Jazz Trio Competition - 2011.
-Ray Coussins Pianist (Former accompanist for Frank Sinatra) Grand Princess, Princess Cruise Lines
Each member definitely adds their own element to the full bodied sound of this talented and innovative collective of players. They are young, refreshing, talented and passionate and all without ego…their love, dedication and seriousness for their music emanates through their eclectic presentation. Their performance is captivating, stirring a blend of Traditional, Classical and Original Pieces. Their attentiveness to each other is apparent as they listen and speak through their music enabling them to interact and lead into improvisational works.
Although young in years their musicianship is that of old souls and their professionalism is that representative of old school rules. Their entire persona is of a professional nature, respectful of establishment rules and requests, timely, conscientious of their audience and sharp looking in dress attire.
-Salli Squitieri and Gabriel Butterfield The Paul Butterfield Fund and Society (PBFS) The Frog the Hummingbird Co & Butterfield's Roadhouse
Speaking to the contemporary styles of today, the Zach Bartholomew Trio aims at continuing traditions while putting their own stamp on the sound they have come to love...Anyone looking for some authentic jazz should check out these cool cats from Seminole country at a local venue around town.
-Ariel Bedford Contributing Writer, FSView & Florida Flambeau
The gentlemen of The Zach Bartholomew Trio were a pleasure to work with; professional, charming and extremely talented. I’m looking forward to working with them again in the near future. I highly recommend The Zach Bartholomew Trio for any event you may be hosting.
-Valencia L. Scott Ladies of the Circle of Perfection, PHA
The Zach Bartholomew Trio was spectacular and set a light and lively tone for the event. After hearing them play, I have booked the Zach Bartholomew Trio for two upcoming events for the University and have recommended them to others. They play a large range of musical styles which would make me comfortable booking them for a variety of events: from a corporate lunch to black tie galas. I highly recommend hiring this talented group of musicians for your event.
-Ashley Cortese Special Events Coordinator at Florida State University Foundation
I can easily state that Zach provides an excellent experience for our members and guests each and every time. He consistently strives to exceed our expectations and respond with flexibility and optimism. There is always clear communication, which is supported by professional business ethics.
It is a pleasure to partner with Zach and I am delighted to recommend him for future events.
-Tracy A. Marple University Center Club General Manager Florida State University
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
BA in Music with emphasis in Jazz - Florida State University 1 year experience of teaching private lessons. Experience teaching at the FSU Summer Jazz Camp (class piano and rhythm section class)