Born: December 12, 1987 Primary Instrument: Piano
Zack graduated in 2010 with a Bachelors of Music degree in Piano Performance from the prestigious Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. At IU, Zack worked closely with international performing artist Luke Gillespie - jazz piano performance, Brent Wallarab - Jazz Ensemble director, and Pulitzer Prize winner David Baker - Jazz Studies department chair.
Zack started playing piano at age 7, taking his first classes at the Levine Music School in Washington D.C. At age 8, he switched to private lessons with a veteran pianist named Patricia Houston. His first exposure to jazz came in Middle School, when he joined the Levine School jazz band. During this time he also attended the Washington-Lee High School summer jazz camp where he worked with veteran artists like Steve Novosel, Lennie Cuje, and Gary Joynes. The Levine jazz band performed at many venues of note including the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the German Embassy in Washington, DC....
Awards:2011 American Pianists Association Cole Porter Jazz Fellowship nominee. 2009 Steans Institute for Young Artists In Jazz. 2006 Duke Ellington Jazz Award, Washington-Lee High School. 2005 Duke Ellington Jazz Award, Washington-Lee High School.
What excellent playing - and I liked your tunes, too (especially His Wisdom) --Tony Nalker, pianist in The Army Blues, upon hearing Zack's album Up/Under
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Willing to teach:
Zack focuses on the fundamentals of approaching the piano and establishing a sympathetic connection to the instrument. Available by appointment 7 days a week $30/hr