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.
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CB's a big fan of Zack Cross (and the exciting new CD). We had this to say about Cross before his gig at Twins Jazz earlier this month: 'Young pianist Zack Cross plays with a serious but flexible swing, and shows the influence of Bill Evans in his harmonic ideas. The recent graduate of the University of Indiana performs ... with Andy Randazzo on bass and Luke Angle on drums.'
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
Willing to teach
Zack focuses on the fundamentals of approaching the piano and establishing a sympathetic connection to the instrument.
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