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Sammy Nestico: Leaving the Shores of Security

On arranging for kids, pros, Hollywood, JFK…

Sammy Nestico
Sammy Nestico (photo: Pam Homan)

“The very first jazz chart I ever played was a Sammy Nestico chart,” says trumpeter Wayne Bergeron, among the most acclaimed, in-demand jazz musicians in Los Angeles. “It was called ‘The Queen Bee,’ and I was 12 years old. That was my introduction to big-band jazz.”

Trombonist Andy Martin, too, grew up playing Nestico’s big-band arrangements. “I was playing his stuff when I was in high school,” he says. “I knew Sammy’s name from very early on. He’s such an icon.”

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Michael J. West

Michael J. West is a jazz journalist in Washington, D.C. In addition to his work on the national and international jazz scenes, he has been covering D.C.’s local jazz community since 2009. He is also a freelance writer, editor, and proofreader, and as such spends most days either hunkered down at a screen or inside his very big headphones. He lives in Washington with his wife and two children.