Zack Nestel-Patt, a 27 year old bass player from Boston Massachusetts, is an active musician in both the classical and jazz tradition. He has studied with renowned bass players John Lockwood, Rodney Whitaker, Ben Levy and Jack Budrow. As a scholarship student at Berklee college of music, Zack has studied privately with Hal Crook, John Lockwood, and Phil Wilson.
In the jazz idiom he has performed throughout the world in venues such as Rose Hall in NYC, the Monterey Jazz Festival as well as many different venues in the US, Finland, Italy and Switzerland. Zack has received awards from Gunther Schuller and Wynton Marsalis being named outstanding soloist at the 2006 Essentially Ellington Competition. He was also named a “Cultural Ambassador for Peace” by the Fundación Cultura de Paz in Madrid. Zack has also performed with: Jaleel Shaw, Wes "Warmdaddy" Anderson, Makoto Ozone, Phil Wilson, Julian Lage, Matt Glaser, Livingston Taylor, Donna McElroy, Jeff Galindo, The Beantown Swing Orchestra, Terri Lyne Carrington among others. He regularly performs around Boston in both private events and club settings, having played at The Beehive, Wally's, the Lilypad, and many others. Zack has also played jazz concerts in Amsterdam, Helsinki, and Prague with various groups. And performed as part of the Lowlands Festival and Grachten festival in Holland.
Zack has toured multiple times in the the orchestral setting including as part of The World Orchestra directed by Josep Vicent to Spain where he played in the Auditorio Nacional de Musica in Madrid and the Palau de las Artes in Valencia among other venues across Spain. He also toured Cuba with the Harvard Radcliffe Orchestra playing multiple concerts across the country including the Teatro Nacional in Havana. He was a member of the West Michigan Symphony and also performs regularly in Boston's major venues such as Sanders Theatre and Symphony Hall. Zack is also an active classical chamber musician, having played with the Willow Flute Ensemble and Music at Eden's Edge. An advocate for new music, Zack has premiered a composition for wind ensemble by Gunther Schuller, a piece for solo bass with live electronics written by Lesley Hinger, and been section leader for the premier and official recording of Michael Nyman's Symphonies no. 5 and 7 working with Michael for his label.
As a teacher, Zack has run a private studio in Boston Ma while in school at Berklee. Also, Zack has also worked with the Intensive Community Program of the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestra teaching beginning strings and bass at their summer camp and as a weekly bass instructor. Zack has also worked with the Greater Boston Youth Symphony as a chamber coach and sectional coach for all levels of their program. He has also helped lead jazz classes at the Community Music School in Detroit and the Litchfield Jazz Camp.