Sammy Nestico

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Sammy Nestico has revolutionized the band and orchestra repertoire by composing and arranging top jazz charts for all levels of bands. As a result, this arranger of Count Basie’s band in the 1950s is known as well to music fans in their 80s as he is to beginning music students in elementary school. Along the way Sammy has delighted music fans with a clear and understandable sound that focuses on strength of the melody rather than overpowering high notes and speed. His own recordings and the recordings of those he composed and arranged for serve as a wonderful example of the man and his music. The staff at NAMM has learned first hand that the man behind the music is equally amazing.


Interview Date:
April 4, 2002
Job Title:
Musician, Composer, Arranger