You only get better as the years go by!
Buddy Rich plays Sammy Nestico’s “Ya Gotta Try” on Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, 1979.
Sometimes, your failure is your best success!
In the Library of Congress, the Sammy Nestico Archive sits beside the archives of Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland, Gerry Mulligan and George and Ira Gershwin -- as it should be. Sammy Nestico and his music are a national treasure.
--Loras Schissel, Library of Congress
I wrote this as a dedication to my wonderful wife Shirley, of course. It's a simple, swinging melody, based on the sound of her name.
In 1955, I wrote an arrangement of MEMORIES OF YOU for strings and trombone while in The U. S. Air Force Orchestra.
"I had two original songs, "Hangin' Loose" & "Have a Nice Day", with Johnny Mercer lyrics who was like a GOD to me...
"the new version of "Softly From My Window” always gives me "goose bumps..."
93-year-old orchestrator combining swing, soul, funk, fusion and symphonic expressions...
"I wrote an arrangement of Georgia On My Mind for the UGA trombone choir at the request of Dr. Philip Jameson..."
"...to me melody is the most important."
A 39th Annual Grammy Award Nominee is next up on Sammy's Top 20.