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Zachary Breaux

Influenced by George Benson and Wes Montgomery, Zachary Breaux was a flexible guitarist who could handle soul-jazz, post-bop, and hard bop as well as more commercial pop-jazz and NAC music. Though the jazzman only recorded a handful of albums -- including 1992's Groovin' and 1994's Laidback, both on NYC, and Uptown Groove on Zebra -- he kept busy as a sideman in the 1980s and 1990s and backed such major artists as Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, Donald Byrd, Lonnie Liston Smith, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. It was in 1984 that he met vibist/singer Roy Ayers, who he played with extensively. Signed to Zebra in 1996, Breaux seemed to have a bright future ahead of him, but tragically, the guitarist was only in his thirties when he died in Miami Beach after attempting to save a swimmer in distress on February 20, 1997. ~ Alex Henderson, Rovi
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I guess its because i'm getting older. But this Kinda of Music sounds better everyday.
A great musician, and a true hero guitarist,, and a true hero
His music is an icon for sure
My homeboy & classmate! Truely missed!
Ditto all your sentiments!! ! Great soul!!! RIP Breaux!!!
This guy was incredible.. . why the media never put this guy in front of a camera is a mystery.
This man playing ability was beyond GREAT, R.I.P. ZACHARY B.
legrirose
Funky & smooth.... Love the spin he puts on some of the classics. So talented & such a horrible loss for the music scene, especially smooth jazz.... RIP Brother Zachary! He released other music, why isn't it featured on Pandora???
The man could jam RIP bro!!!!!
I was relaxing with my OG Black Gourmet Coffee and said...simpl y remarkable sounds, unmatched performer..W e really needed you today.
Unmatched talent...sim p l y remarkable I enjoyed the sounds while grooving with my OG Black Gourmet Coffee...unm a t c h e d sounds.
Playin those sweet grooves in heaven!! What a talent!!!
RIP Zachary Breaux. Thank you for the beautiful music.
So sad ! Life so short !
He was trying to save the life of another swimmer, Eugenie Poleyeff (1930–1997), 66 of Brooklyn, N.Y., caught by a riptide.<3> He is survived by:He was trying to save the life of another swimmer, Eugenie Poleyeff (1930–1997), 66 of Brooklyn, N.Y., caught by a riptide.<3> He is survived by:
Zachary played his music like he lived his life. With passion and honesty. His music shall live on. He was trying to save the life of another swimmer, Eugenie Poleyeff (1930–1997), 66 of Brooklyn, N.Y., caught by a riptide
Sad to hear Breaux passed. This is the first time I'm listening to his music and I LOVE it!
Way ahead of his time and give funky jazz a real flavor.
eric6481
one of the nicest people you could ever hang with, spent time with him in the 80's w Naji while on tour in St Croix, he was a great father and friend ...rip Zach BRO...
francine.med i n a
Gone too soon...
nice,like his style..
cmoore11632
Man,this is the first time I,ve every heard of this guy.His music brings tears to my eyes what a tremendous lost.
Wow, this is nice. He left us with something special. What a tragic loss for us all...
travis_pate
The author forgot to add he died in Miami trying to save a complete stranger from drowning...I really dig his style.
sharipokorny
I love this, it's a shame that he is gone.
I knew Zachary and his family. He lived next door to my aunt in Port Arthur, Texas. When we visited for the summer, my brother, sister, and I would hang out with his brothers and sisters. The entire family was musically inclined.
max4903
His arrangement of "Coming home" is by far my favorite. My brother and I always perform it live when we get the chance as a tribute.
hazelrichard s o n
For those of you who do not know, ZB died trying to save a life. Angel indeed, in music and life
Rick is right on the money with his comments. What he did to 'Cafe' Reggio' is otherworldly stuff.RIP ZB.
I have studied every note of ZB's published music. In my own opinion as a professional musician and guitarist, were he still around he would have taken his place on the Mt. Rushmore of Jazz Guitar along with George Benson and Wes Montgomery. The tones he produced from his Gretsch are unrivaled since Chet Atkins and Les Paul, and are a good part of what makes listening to ZB so intensey satisfying. He lives on through his music and festival.
What a lovely tone and great melodic sensibility! So sorry he's gone. Rest in Peace, Bright Angel.
HE WAS AN EXCELLENT MUSICIAN!!! S M O O T H!!!
jolang4025
I was sold on Zachary Breaux music the moment I heard it. I did not realize he had passed on. He had a gift of music that will sorely be missed. My condolence to the bereaved family and friends.
A great young player who went to soon.
RIP
kandistp
I had the opportunity to meet Zachary at "Blues Alley" in DC when he played with Roy Ayers. I was elated because he was from Port Arthur and so was I. Even though I did not know him at the time it was like we had always known each other (That the way Port Arthurians Are). Zachary was an outstanding musician and a very very nice person.
Great music, Zachary grew up down the street from me in Port Arthur Texas. He started playing music at an ealy age. He and his brothers started ther own band in his parents garage. Zachary finished college and moved to New York with $100.00 in his pocket.We all went to college together in Denton,Texas . For the past two years there has been a Zachary Breaux Jazz festival in Port Arthur, Texas. Jazz artist from all over the USA, including locals come and ppreform. This year there were so many arti
angelopj1958
Love this guy's style. I really miss hearing that stroke of his .
Great sound! Did he ever play in a band? It sounds familiar
mail926
Delicious!
I love it. Thx to Phil J Gearring for sharing the news-worthy info on Zachary, & yes, he is a hero. I, of course, wish that he had lived, but what a
wonderful act of kindness. May God bless your girls...
From Port Arthur, Texas...the home of Janis Joplin. A North Texas State graduate. Critics be damned, he remains a major influence on people of his own time and the present. Heavy thumbed, he is often mistaken by DJ's as a bassist.
I heard Zachary live at the World Trade Center about 10 years ago. He was excellent. And Phil J. Gearring (comments below) is correct; he also should be remembered as a hero who gave his life to try to save someone else from drowning, as well as an excellent artist of the guitar. There should be more people like him in the world!
I would think as scathing, biased, judgmental and in some cases, just plain old mean, as some of the critiques by these self-proclai m e d 'jazz purists' are when writing the profiles and/or reviews of the artists here on Pandora, that one of these pompous a--holes would have the decency to at least mention the fact that Mr. Breaux gave his life to save someone else's!! We won't mention him leaving his two very young daughters without a father, but what hero thinks of himself when helping others!
nice sound!!!

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