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WAYJO Celebrate 100 Years of Sammy Nestico

June 13, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$24 – $29

WAYJO Celebrate 100 Years of Sammy Nestico

The WA Youth Jazz Orchestra celebrates the life and music of one of the most influential figures in jazz history: Sammy Nestico.

WAYJO celebrate American composer Sammy Nestico, best known for his arrangements for the Count Basie orchestra.

A giant in the world of jazz, this year marks 100 years of nine-time Grammy Award-nominee Sammy Nestico. Nestico’s prolific career in the music industry spanned more than eight-decades, as he continued to work well into his 90’s, completing his final album at the age of 94. WAYJO’s St John of God Health Care Tuesday Night Orchestra takes on his vast repertoire, which includes jazz classics such as ‘Hay Burner,’ ‘The Queen Bee, Basie – Straight Ahead,’ ‘Magic Flee,’ ‘Switch In Time’ and ‘It’s Oh So Nice.’

As the chief arranger for the Count Basie Orchestra in the 1970s, Nestico’s arrangements played a pivotal role in revitalising the Basie band’s sound. He’s widely acclaimed for influencing the course of jazz, composing, arranging, and conducting albums for musicians and singers including Quincy Jones, Phil Collins, Barbara Streisand, Michael Bublé, Natalie Cole, Sarah Vaughn, Frank Sinatra, and Bing Crosby.

Nestico leaves behind a legacy that remains an integral part of the repertoire for countless big bands, continuing to inspire and influence musicians and audiences alike. Join WAYJO at Perth’s premier jazz club as they commemorate the music of Sammy Nestico.

WAYJO Celebrate 100 Years of Sammy Nestico
Time: 7 – 9pm (doors at 6pm)
Date: Thursday 13 June 2024
Venue: The Ellington Jazz Club


June 13
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
$24 – $29
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WA Youth Jazz Orchestra
+61 8 9471 1950


The Ellington Jazz Club
The Ellington Jazz Club, 191 Beaufort Street
Perth, WA 6000 Australia
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+61 (0)8 9228 1088

West Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra Association Inc.
ABN 75 330 922 427

We acknowledge the Whadjuk people of the Nyoongar nation as the custodians of the land on which WAYJO is located, and recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to all Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia, and Elders past, present, and their descendants.