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Jack Jezzro has been one of Nashville’s most versatile performers and studio musicians for over 30 years. He has appeared on many Grammy winning recordings and has numerous albums as an artist to his credit. His vast guitar discography as a recording artist includes the critically acclaimed “Jazz Elegance and “Brazilian Nights” recordings along with the Grammy nominated “A Days Journey” album.
Jack Jezzro (born Jacob Paul “Jack” Jezioro), was born on December 2, 1957 in Rivesville, West Virginia. Jack started in music by playing the piano and accordion around 3 -4 years old. Later in his youth, he drew his love for playing guitar from listening to popular music of the time, namely James Taylor, The Doobie Brothers, and Simon & Garfunkel. After graduating high school, Jack attended West Virginia University on a scholarship. While there, he began studying the bass, as the music program didn’t offer guitar. Upon meeting Sam Hollingsworth in 1976 after a performance on campus by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Hollingsworth saw great potential in the young Jezzro, and helped him refine his skills. In 1978, Jezzro began performing with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra while still attending WVU. Within a year with the CSO, Jezzro received a scholarship to the Eastman School of Music, and began studying under James VanDemark. While attending Eastman, Jezzro continued performing, now with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. After two years with RPO, Jezzro accepted a position with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, where he remained for 10 years.
Staring in the 1990’s, Jezzro released several instrumental albums, followed later by jazz works. He continues to be a member of the Nashville String Machine, playing on numerous hit songs including those by Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, Bruce Springsteen, Carrie Underwood, George Strait, Matchbox 20, Wynonna, Rascal Flatts, Neil Diamond, Dolly Parton, and The Beach Boys. His productions, which number over 300 albums, include legendary jazz pianist Beegie Adair, new jazz vocal sensation Jaimee Paul, acclaimed gospel singer Kathy Troccoli, tenor sax ace Denis Solee, jazz violinist Antoine Silverman, bassist/vocalist Jim Ferguson, multi-instrumentalist Craig Duncan, composer/arranger/pianist Jeff Steinberg, smooth jazz saxophonist Sam Levine, violinist/composer/arranger David Davidson, jazz trumpeter Leif Shires, and alternative singer/songwriter Christina Lake.
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