NZ studied at “Manhattan School of Music” and “The New School Jazz”. He has performed thru the United States, Europe, and various countries of Central and South America, playing hundreds of concerts in a wide variety of styles, from Jazz to Classical to Contemporary and Modern Music, and exploring and playing traditional miusic from arround the world. Nestor Has played with Steve Lacy, Dado Moroni, Aldo Zunino, Jovinho Santos Neto, Nick and Mike Orta, Chuck Bergeron, Felix Gomez, etc..A Classical performer he has played concerts with various Symphony Orchestras and has been a guest artist to various universities.
As a composer Nestor Zurita has written hundreds of works for various instruments and especially on the development of the saxophone.
Nestor Zurita was also the Director of the Jazz Department and of the Classical Saxophone Program in the National Conservatory of Ecuador and has taught students of the Paris Conservatorie and Nicolo Paganini Concervatorie in Italy.Nestor currently lives in Miami were he leads his Latin Jazz Quartet, Trio and Duos.
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Hi Nestor - I wish you joy with your music - So you're an old geezer like me? Hahaha - Thanks for the impressive mini CV - I've played all over the world for 37 years with great musicians - Toto La Momposina, Marco Vinicio Oyaga, John Serry, Paul Dunmall, Carl Orr, Antonio Quijano, Nobuyoshi Ino, Febian Reza Pane, Moussa Kouyate, Mike Ellis, Tom Alexander, and on and on - they were special artists - but very few players today really surprise me - and they used to call jazz 'the sound of surprise - but if I catch myself unawares, I am still able to surprise myself on occasion - I think if we work in a number of styles then of course we are following the former exponents of those styles, breaking free of those shackles is the hard part - for nothing grows in the shadow of great trees . . . In life as in music I am not happy and am always moving on - restless - no rest for the wicked, they say . . . In Tokyo I met a venerable pianist named Red Rogers who had played with Ellington, Coleman Hawkins, Willie the Lion Smith, Bud Freeman, etc, and there he was - playing in a downtown Tokyo piano bar aged over 80, while people talked loud over his gold mine of experience - since this is a lifetime deal - How would you describe your direction in music? What is the nature and purpose of music? Why have so few artists embraced the 'freedom principle'? Why is the audience for jazz shrinking so fast? (Is it because the musicians are too far up themselves? - Haha! I think we should be told - All questions I ask myself regularly . . .
HI MISTER NESTOR, NICE TO MEET YOU. IN BRAZIL WE LOVE ALL BEAT JAZZ. BUT IN SOUTH AMERICA IS NOT LIKE USA JAZZ FM STATIONS...24 HOURS GROOVE JAZZ...NO, IN BRAZIL ONLY WEEKLY JAZZ RADIO SHOW. I KNOW THAT BECAUSE I HAVE TWO HOURS WEEK TO INTRODUCE IMPROVISED MUSIC, EVERY MONDAY TO 21.00 AT WWW.RADIOLESTE345FM.COM.BR THIS SITE IS UNDER RE-PAGE RIGHT NOW. NESTOR, I WRITE THIDS MESSAGE IUN HOPE GET CD-PROMOTE TO PLAY AT STATION. MY FIRST DESIRE IS TRY DIVULGE IN BRAZIL MORE SWING TUNES. THINK ABOUT. REGARDS. LUIZKRUG@BOL.COM.BR
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."