|Birth name||Samuel Louis Nistico|
|Born||February 6, 1924|
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
|Associated acts||Count Basie|
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Nestico was born on February 6, 1924 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Nestico joined his high school's beginner orchestra in 1937 as a trombonist. In 1939, he wrote his first arrangement. At age 17, Nestico joined the ABC radio station WCAE in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as a trombonist.
During his career, he arranged music for the Count Basie Orchestra (1967–1984), the U.S. Air Force Band (fifteen years) and the U.S. Marine Band (five years) both in Washington, D.C. In addition, he played trombone in the big bands of Tommy Dorsey, Woody Herman, Gene Krupa, and Charlie Barnet.
In 1998–1999 Nestico was a professor at the University of Georgia, teaching commercial orchestration and conducting the studio orchestra. He also directed music programs at Los Angeles Pierce College, Woodland Hills, California, Westinghouse Memorial High School, and Wilmerding, Pennsylvania.
During his long career in the television and film industry, he arranged and conducted projects for Bing Crosby, Sarah Vaughan, Toni Tennille, Frank Sinatra, Phil Collins, Barbra Streisand, and Count Basie. As orchestrator, he has worked on nearly seventy television programs, including Mission: Impossible, Mannix, Charlie's Angels, and The Mod Squad.
He has published nearly 600 numbers for school groups and many for professional big bands. He has conducted and recorded his arrangements with several leading European Radio Jazz Orchestras, including the BBC Big Band in London, Germany's SWR Big Band and NDR Big Band and the DR Big Band.
- 1982 Dark Orchid (Palo Alto)
- 1986 Night Flight (Sea Breeze)
- 1998 Big Band Favorites of Sammy Nestico (Summit)
- 2000 Sammy Nestico – For You to Play (Jamey Aebersold)
- 2000 Basie & Beyond The Quincy Jones-Sammy Nestico Orchestra (Qwest / Warner Bros.)
- 2005 No Time Like the Present (Hänssler)
- 2005 Basie Cally Sammy: The Music of Count Basie and Sammy Nestico (Hänssler)
- 2009 Sammy Nesticol, Vol. 3: Fun Time (Hänssler)
- 2011 Fun Time & More Live (Hänssler)
- 2017 A Cool Breeze with Sammy Nestico with the SWR Big Band (SWR Music)
With Count Basie
- Basie Straight Ahead (Dot, 1968)
- Standing Ovation (Dot, 1969)
- Have a Nice Day (Daybreak, 1971)
- Bing 'n' Basie (Daybreak, 1972)
- Basie Big Band (Pablo, 1975)
- Warm Breeze (Pablo, 1981)
- 88 Basie Street (Pablo, 1983)
- Fancy Pants (Pablo, 1983)
With Frank Sinatra
With Sarah Vaughan
- Send in the Clowns (Pablo, 1981)
The Sammy Nestico Award
|Year||Award Recipient||Place of Residence|
|2016||Ike Kalapos||Deep River, CT|
|2014||William Longo II||Miramar, FL|
|2011||Scott Nimmer||Taylorville, IL|
|2010||Jeremy Levy||Hannibal, MO|
|2009||Sara Jacovino||Middlebury, CT|
|2008||Michael Dease||Augusta, GA|
|2007||Christopher Schmitz||Anchorage, AK|
|2006||Carl Murr||Dallas, TX|
|2005||David Cutler||Pittsburgh, PA|
|2004||Stephen Smith||Denton, TX|
|2003||Aaron Lington||Denton, TX|
|2002||Earl MacDonald||Mansfield Center, CT|
|2001||Curtis Stephan||Carrollton, TX|
|2000||Jeff Antoniuk||Annapolis, MD|
|1999||no award issued||-|
|1998||Joey Sellers||Brooklyn, NY|
|1997||Lyle Durland||Provo, UT|
|1996||William Straub||Syracuse, NY|
|1996||Charles Bayne||Dallas, TX|
- "Sammy Nestico | Biography, Albums, Streaming Links". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
- Nestico, Sammy; Boddicker, Michael; Piestrup, Don (1993). The Complete Arranger. Fenwood Music Co., Inc. p. 324.
- "Sammy Nestico | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
- "The United States Air Force Band". www.music.af.mil. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
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