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Sammy Nestico and the SWR Big Band: Fun Time and More Live

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In a recent interview with Marc Myers of, there is a lovely glimpse of Sammy Nestico’s current creative process. “Whenever I write a tune and arrange it,” he says, “I … record myself playing it on the piano and load the result onto my iPod. Then, when I take my walk each day around the circle in our neighborhood, I fine-tune the song here and there.” At age 87, Nestico can do much more than walk and chew gum. He can walk and compose and arrange.

This album is his fourth collaboration with the SWR Big Band of Germany. The first three were studio dates. The new album was recorded live at the Jazz Lights festival in Oberkochen in March 2010.

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