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Nicolazzo, Rachel


Rachel Nicolazzo
BM, New England Conservatory


Rachel Nicolazzo (aka Rachel Z), equally adept at acoustic straight-ahead and electronic fusion, has performed and recorded extensively with Steps Ahead and Wayne Shorter , as well as with Bob Moses, Miroslav Vitous, George Garzone, Najee, Al DiMeola, Larry Coryell, Special EFX, and Angela Bofill. Vibraphonist Mike Mainieri produced her Columbia Records debut, Trust the Universe, in 1993. In 1996, NYC Records released her debut album, A Room of One’s Own. Additional records as leader include an album on GRP, Love is the Power, and On the Milky Way Express. A close collaboration with Wayne Shorter included her work orchestrating and performing on his album High Life, which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Jazz Album. She also performed in arena shows extensively with Peter Gabriel Band from 2002-2005 and is featured on a live CD and the Growing Up Live DVD.

Currently she performs internationally with her co-band "The Trio of OZ" featuring drum legend Omar Hakim (Miles Davis, Weather Report, David Bowie, Sting) which was acclaimed as Best Album of 2010 by JAZZIZ and JAZZWEEK. The CD was top 10 Jazz Radio record at CMJ and in JAZZWEEK.

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