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Nick Biello Quartet Featuring Zaccai Curtis

Nick Biello Quartet Featuring Zaccai Curtis


Tickets: $12.50 online

 $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, 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.

Zaccai Curtis

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.

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  • Arlene

    Good for all of you that you could be there. Unfortunately I could not due to appointments. Happy holidays.

    December 13, 2013

  • Rosemary

    I LOVED the performance! Nick Biello was a treat enough, but when he played as a duo with his (visiting) friend ... watch out! Great night!!

    December 13, 2013

  • Dal

    Good to see so many people attending this great little place to hear jazz.. Very lively performance by all the musicians and their surprise guest..

    December 13, 2013

  • Henry

    Great music; excellent performers. I found the drums and to a lesser extent the base--as good as they were played--often too loud for the room, frequently too strong for the sax, and mostly overpowering for the understated playing of the pianist. This lack of balance detracted from my enjoyment of the ensemble and their music.

    1 · December 12, 2013

    • Joseph K.

      .....loved the piano and sax, agree on the drums. Otherwise, great music in a nice setting w/ good people in the crowd.

      December 13, 2013

  • Cathy M

    Amazing Performers, in an intimate setting.

    December 12, 2013

  • Catherine

    Terrific talent! Very much enjoyed the performance.

    December 12, 2013

  • Kate

    Sorry have to miss it, not feeling so well.

    December 12, 2013

  • mary e.

    Have a night class unfortunately. Electronic Medical Coding - guess where I'd rather be!

    December 12, 2013

  • Joseph K.

    ....If you want to eat near here before show, there's a good cafeteria-style Mexican restaurant across the street called "The Whole Enchilada", and, of course, since it borders E. Haven, great pizza very near this place (I'm a native E. Havener).

    December 12, 2013

  • Jeanne M.

    Have to change plans and can't go now, as have to go to MA for a Wake and won't be able to make it back in time.

    December 10, 2013

  • Diane

    Sorry I cannot make this. Nick is one of our local Prospect talents and an excellent muscian.

    1 · November 27, 2013

  • Neva

    this is a maybe, and if so i hope to bring my brother pete with me. since he lives in this area.

    November 18, 2013

  • Tammara

    I will be bringing some young up and coming musicians, is there a reduced fee for young (under 18) students?

    November 18, 2013

    • Cathy M

      Contact the New Haven Jazz Society, there will be a# listed in the website on the venue details. I would imagine they would be thrilled to extend a deal for students.

      November 18, 2013

  • Arlene

    Wow, he sounds talented. I hope I can attend and weather permits.

    November 17, 2013

  • Cathy M

    I have seen Zaccai Curtis, he is 1/2 of the Curtis Brothers orginally from the Hartford area, which some of you may have heard of before, a very talented musician family! This promises to be a great show, come join me!

    1 · November 17, 2013

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