Publicity & Promotion: Brian Horner, Sound Artist Support
"Undeniable. That describes the artistry of pianist Zac Chester, and the life force that has driven his journey. His status – as a go-to pianist for jazz masters Von Barlow, Longineu Parsons, and Phil Morrison, and a respected educator at the University of Florida – serves as evidence that he is achieving the very specific goals he has set for himself and advancing along the career path he envisions.
He is not finished, of course. Though he has recently appeared as an opener for Benny Golson and McCoy Tyner, and is now performing as a colleague with his mentors, his vision is even larger. He desires nothing less than to help shape the future of jazz and harmonic and compositional thought, and to bring classical and jazz together while respecting the essence of each paradigm.
With skill sets encompassing jazz and classical performance, education, business management, and even award-winning jingle writing (for the Gainesville Bus Company), Zac Chester is a quintessential 21st century musician. He is a great player with a great future. His ability to function at the highest levels of musicianship in any genre (a concept introduced by one of his most important and revered mentors, Bunky Green), combined with his tireless pursuit of musical excellence and his ability to connect personally with his audiences and colleagues sets him apart from those who may simply be great players."