RMJC: Music of Sammy Nestico
Mar 26, 2022
The Rocky Mountain Jazz Collective returns to perform the music of Sammy Nestico, the “Rolls-Royce” of big band composers and arrangers, who wrote for the biggest names in jazz, including Frank Sinatra, Count Basie, and Sarah Vaughan.
No conversation about big band jazz is complete without Sammy Nestico. In a career spanning over 80 years, until his death in January 2021, Nestico composed and arranged music for some of the most legendary names in jazz, including Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughan, and Bing Crosby. Once the resident arranger and director of jazz ensembles for the US Army, Air Force, and Marines, Nestico wrote nearly 600 of the most notable published works for school and professional big bands. As a composer, orchestrator, writer, and arranger for film, television and concert stage—across the genres of classical, jazz, and big band sounds—Nestico’s musical output is unrivaled.
The Rocky Mountain Jazz Collective (RMJC) was created in 2019 by highly respected members of the jazz community in Montana. Through educational outreach in the community and regular performance in an environment that is best suited for listening, the mission of the RMJC is to create greater awareness and appreciation for jazz music and history in the Rocky Mountain region. RMJC aims to increase appreciation and awareness of jazz music through the performance of themed programs, consisting of material with cultural and historical significance to the history and development of jazz.
ROCKY MOUNTAIN JAZZ COLLECTIVE
The Rocky Mountain Jazz Collective was created in 2019 by highly respected members of the jazz community in Montana. Through education outreach in the community and regular performance in an environment that is best suited for listening, the mission of the RMJC is to create greater awareness and appreciation for jazz music and history in the Rocky Mountain region.
RMJC aims to increase appreciation and awareness of jazz music through the performance of themed programs, consisting of material with cultural and historical significance to the history and development of jazz.
SCOTT JEPPESEN | SAXOPHONE
Scott Jeppesen is an Assistant Professor of Music at MSU Billings teaching music theory, ear training, music history, jazz combo, and private lessons on saxophone, clarinet, and flute.
Scott is an alumnus of the University of Southern California where he earned a Bachelor of Music, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Jazz Studies.
Prior to accepting the position at MSU Billings, Scott lived in Los Angeles for seventeen years. In that time, he performed with Maria Schneider, Bobby McFerrin, Burt Bacharach, Lalo Schifrin, Alan Pasqua, Bill Watrous, Shelly Berg, Manhattan Transfer, Stevie Wonder, Nancy Wilson, Artie Shaw, Bob Mintzer, Dave Brubeck, Natalie Cole, Louis Bellson, Al Jarreau, Steve Miller, Randy Brecker, and James Moody … just to name a few. Scott has composed and arranged for many artists including Steve Miller, Ramsey Lewis, Natalie Cole, Ruben Studdard, Dave Koz, Ledisi, Burt Bacharach, Monica Mancini, Scott Martin, and the PBS special, We Love Ella! A Tribute to Ella (Fitzgerald), which aired in the spring of 2007.
In 2009, he co-founded Cultivating Creative Minds along with his wife, Roxanne, to provide art instruction to elementary school-aged students throughout Santa Clarita, CA.
Scott has also performed clinics for many colleges, high schools, and middle schools around northern and southern California including the University of Southern California, Cal State University Sacramento, Brubeck Institute at the University of the Pacific, Cal State University Northridge, Cal State University Sonoma, American River College, West Ranch High School, Canyon High School, and Saugus High School. In addition to clinics, Scott is in demand as a featured guest artist. In 2014, Scott was the featured artist with California State University Sacramento jazz ensembles where they performed the music of the Joe Henderson Big Band. In the same year, Scott was the guest artist for the SuperJazz at the Ranch festival in Stevenson Ranch, CA, where he performed a duo set with Russell Ferrante of the legendary Yellowjackets.