Nick Biello Quartet Featuring Zaccai Curtis
Tickets: $12.50 online http://jazzhaven.org/
$15.00 at the door
Doors open at 7:00 p.m. / BYO wine /shoreline piano provide cheese & crackers / Free Parking
Hailed as "a brash new voice to New York's vibrant jazz scene," by AllAboutJazz.com, Nicholas Biello is developing a reputation as an exciting and artful musician.
At the young age of 5, Nick began studying the piano. At 8 years old he picked up the saxophone for the first time, and by that point, he knew that he wanted to be a musician. Nick was 12 when his father, a professional musician, took him under his wing. It was then that Nick began his career as a performer. After attending the Hartt School of Music, later graduating from Western Connecticut State University and receiving a merit scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music, he earned a Masters Degree in Jazz Studies. Now based in New York City, he is a professional saxophonist, keyboardist, composer, and educator.
Nick has shared the stage with world-class artists, such as Slide Hampton, Cedar Walton, Rich Perry, Harvie S, John Benitez, Steve Davis, Barry Ries, Loren Stillman, Ingrid Jensen, Victor Bailey, Jovino Santos Nieto, Jaimoe Johnson (Allman Brothers), and Joe Beck, of Miles Davis fame. He has performed at the Pescara Jazz Festival and Bussi Jazz Festival in Italy, as well as the Litchfield Jazz Festival, the New Haven Jazz Festival, and the Blaine Jazz Festival. His studies with alto saxophone master Jackie McLean enriched him with the deepest appreciation for the jazz tradition. He has also studied with George Garzone, Steve Wilson, David Liebman, and Phil Markowitz.
In demand as a composer and arranger, Nicholas has written arrangements that have been performed by world-class artists such as Stevie Wonder, Dave Koz, and Kelly Rowland. His work has been televised on networks such as ABC and ESPN, and heard in venues in Las Vegas, L.A., and New York City.
After graduating from New England Conservatory in 2005, Zaccai Curtis moved to New York City where he performs with artists such as: Ralph Peterson, Brian Lynch, Ray Vega, Antoine Roney, Wallace Roney,Cindy Blackman, Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band, Papo Vasquez, and Donald Harrison.
Zaccai Curtis composes and arranges for his own quartet, trio, solo piano works, Big-Band, Orchestra, as well as large and small ensembles with strings. In 2001 he was commissioned to arrange Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Capriccio Espagnol” to be performed by his 7 piece latin jazz ensemble ‘insight’ with the Hartford Symphony Chamber Orchestra. In 2003 he was chosen as a winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s competition and each year consecutively through 2006. Zaccai and his quartet were selected by the U.S. State Department to be in the American Music Abroad (Jazz Ambassadors) program two times in 2006. They performed in Bangladesh, Calcutta, Bangalore, Mumbai, Sri Lanka and Maldives. In 2007, Zaccai was awarded the ‘Connecticut Commission on Culture and Tourism’s Artist Fellowship’ for original composition.
Zaccai currently performs his own music with his group ‘Curtis Brothers quartet’. Zaccai and brother Luques Curtis are currently releasing their album ‘completion of proof’, after two successful albums, “a genesis” and “Blood spirit land water freedom”. Zaccai is also the head of his own record label ‘truth revolution records’, where music from talented independent artists is released.