All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Sammy Nestico

Sammy Nestico Sammy Nestico

At the age of 17, Sammy Nestico became the staff arranger for ABC radio station, WCAE, Pittsburgh, Pa. He received his B.S. degree in music education from Duquesne University, and has been honored three times by the school with an honorary Doctor of Music degree, the Distinguished Alumni award, and in 1994, he was inducted into the ?Century Club?. North Texas State also presented him with special music awards in 1978, 1979 and 1980. As an educator, he has directed the music programs at Westinghouse Memorial High School, Wilmerding Pa., Pierce College, Los Angeles, Ca. and the University of Georgia, Athens, Ga.

Sammy joined the United States Air Force Band in Washington, D.C. as staff arranger, and subsequently became the leader of the famous Airmen of Note. Following his 15 year tenure with the Air Force, he enlisted with the United States Marine Band in Washington, serving as chief arranger and director of the White House orchestra which performed for important judicial and congressional social functions during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.

In the years between 1970 and 1984, Sammy was the composer/arranger for the Count Basie orchestra. He directed the recording of ten albums of original music, four of which won Grammy awards. During the same period he was also engaged by Capitol Records as arranger/orchestrator, co- writing the equivelant of 63 albums for that organization.

Read more

Tags

New York Beat
Album Review
Extended Analysis
Album Review
Read more articles

Photos

Albums

Album A Cool Breeze by Sammy Nestico

A Cool Breeze

SWR Music
2017

buy
Album Fun Time and More Live by Sammy Nestico

Fun Time and More Live

Unknown label
2011

buy
Album Sammy Nestico: A Portrait of Sammy by Sammy Nestico

Sammy Nestico: A...

Fenwood Music
2005

buy
Album Basie-cally Sammy by Sammy Nestico

Basie-cally Sammy

Hänssler Classic
2005

buy

Watch

Similar

Bob Mintzer Bob Mintzer
saxophone
Gordon Goodwin Gordon Goodwin
composer/conductor
Wayman Tisdale Wayman Tisdale
bass, electric
Everette Harp Everette Harp
saxophone
Jeff Golub Jeff Golub
guitar
Rick Braun Rick Braun
trumpet
Boney James Boney James
saxophone
Walter Beasley Walter Beasley
saxophone

Shop Amazon

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.