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Sammy Nestico

Famous for his arrangements for the Count Basie orchestra, Sammy Nestico -- a cousin of tenor saxophonist Sal Nistico -- has always had a productive, if lesser-known, solo career. Self-taught on the trombone, at age 17 Nestico was skilled enough to be a studio musician in Pittsburgh. He served in the military, gained a music degree at Duquesne University in 1950 and was staff arranger for the U.S. Air Force Band for many years. Nestico was also a busy freelance arranger: he worked with the U.S. Marine Band starting in 1963 and led the orchestra that performed at functions at the White House. Nestico started contributing arrangements to Basie in 1967 and during the next 15 years would occasionally write for an entire Basie album (including Have a Nice Day, ) Prime Time, Warm Breeze and the big band tracks on 88 Basie Street). Nestico has also written extensively for films and television, has been a significant jazz educator and recorded one album as a leader: Dark Orchid (a 1982 Palo Alto release). ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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jpamer9
Go Air Force!
Always a treat to listen to an arrangement by Sammy. It truly does bring a smile to your face and a swing to your mood.
Nestico never wrote a bad chart, you may not like a particular tune, but it was always written impeccably. Loads of fun to play and always swings; you can't help but smile listening to Nestico.
Yea
harveybronst e i n
Nestico and Basie. A match made in heaven!
merrysea5
great shout choruses and BG writing--Sam m y swingz!
Started playing Nestico charts way back in the early 70's while in the Air Force band at McDill AFB, Fl. Then continued playing them throughout my 20+ years in the Air Force. Always loved his style of writing and he made it fairly easy on the lead trumpet of which I considered a blessing!
What's better than listening to Sammy??? Playing his charts, of course!!! After playing his charts for years in the AF Band, I still can't get enough of this genius.
t.lascola1
sammy is best arranger iv'e ever heard, he is a joy to listen to. the best
littlecaesar 3 7
Simply the best.
Sammy is from my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pa. I first heard of him while listening to the song "88 Basie Street"
I played Sammy's arrangements in Oliver Hi, My sons played them in Hi School, and my Grand sons also played them in school. His music beats and you can always identify a Nestico arrangement when you hear one.
preston_carr a c a r
Why have I never heard of this admiral man before?
In my humble opinion Sammy is the best of all the big band JAZZ composers and arrangers.
so so great
I too have many great memories of playing a number of great Nestico charts while in the Air Force. I still get to play them since I have begun playing with a jazz band affiliated with New Horizpn Band in Dayton , OH. Sammy rocks
When Sammy was with the Airmwn of Note he arrange a tune he
called "Wheeler Road" that sent the band into orbit.
That was a long long time ago & I shall always remember.

jmwave

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