The Paul Leslie Hour Episode #53 – Sammy Nestico

Sammy Nestico is a composer and arranger who has worked with the most legendary artists in music. Loras Schissel of the Library of Congress said “Sammy Nestico and his music are a national treasure.” Involved in all aspects of the music industry, he’s most known as a composer and arranger, although he is also a conductor and has recorded albums under the banner of “The Sammy Nestico Orchestra.” Nestico has arranged and/or conducted albums for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Phil Collins, Barbra Streisand, Bing Crosby, Natalie Cole,  Ronnie Milsap, Pia Zadora, Sarah Vaughan, and so many others.  Although not as known for his songwriting, he has collaborated with Johnny Mercer, Stan Freberg, Bobby Troupe and Steve Allen. For 14 years he was the composer/arranger for the Count Basie Orchestra.

Sammy Nestico told his life story in his autobiography The Gift of Music. Recorded the day before his 94th birthday, we hope you will listen in! There is more to learn about than just music. Join us as we celebrate a venerable legend in music – Mr. Sammy Nestico.

Billy Vera: Singer, Songwriter, Music Historian, Actor

Singer and songwriter BILLY VERA is interviewed for the radio by Paul Leslie. His song “At This Moment” was a #1 hit song, most recently  recorded by Michael Buble.  Billy Vera has been a singer-songwriter of a #1 hit record as well as an actor, music historian and voice-over artist.  His latest album “Billy Vera Big Band Jazz” pays tribute to great black Amerian songwriters from the 1920s-1940s and was recorded at Capitol Records Studio A.  The album features a duet with singer Tamela D’Amico.