Jazz Under the Stars

The perfect evening?

Listening to jazz under the stars!


Matt’s high school Jazz Band gave their final concert of the year last night and of course the music was FABULOUS! (and I’m not just saying that because my kid is in it– seriously they were FABULOUS! I wouldn’t lie to you…)


But I have to tell you something unique about it…

It was a tribute to Sammy Nestico.

Who’s he you ask?

Well, I’d be happy to tell you!

Sammy is an incredibly talented and famous composer and arranger.

Sammy’s credits include hundreds of songs for the Count Basie orchestra; also for Steve Allen, Johnny Mercer, all the major film studios, Phil Collins, Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby (to name just a few!)

He also has numerous television credits including the Tonight Show, M.A.S.H., Columbo, Charlies Angels, Mission Impossible, Gomer Pyle, Mary Tyler Moore Show, Hawaii Five-O, and hundreds of others! (I think just about every tune you could hum along to, he wrote!)

Well the unique thing I want to tell you about it is that he lives near San Diego and drove in to hear the concert!

Here’s a picture of him with Matt.


He is the nicest man – he met with the kids, praised their playing, posed for photos and autographed programs for each student!


As he thinks back to his incredible career, guess what he says he’s most proud of….?

“The 600 numbers I have had published in the education field that are being played in the schools of America.”

Wow- what a special man. He took a group picture with all our jazz players – what an incredible legacy he has given to musicians everywhere!
(Click HERE if you want to learn more about him or order his music)


If there is anything I’ve learned over the past six decades, it is not to take myself too seriously. I’ve worked very hard, but must admit I have been blessed with solid faith in my art and a wonderful body of creative associates. Although my music starts out being notes on paper, it is the musicians who bring it to life and give it real meaning. That’s where the magic is.” Sammy Nestico

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