[Dixielandjazz] Zach Zachery

Stephen G Barbone barbonestreet at earthlink.net
Thu Mar 5 07:03:23 PST 2009

Primarily for East Coast musicians and fans. Zack Zachery passed away.

Steve Barbone

Cindy Leiby wrote off list about Zach's passing:

"Zach was one of the first musicians I ever worked with, and on top of  
being a wonderful saxophonist, he had so many great stories about  
"Hamp's Band" and all the others he played for.  I'm sure that none of  
us will ever forget that he was the center of so many terrific musical  

Bob Perkins of Jazz 90, WRTI-FM had these details to pass on.

Leon "Zach" Zachery died last Wednesday at the age of 84 and funeral  
services will be held this Saturday March 7,2009 at St. Joseph's Pro  
Cathedral Church,  2907 Federal Street, Camden NJ.  Viewing is from  
12:00pm - 1:00pm. Services start at 1:00pm.

Zach Zachery was a composer, arranger, teacher, and a wonderful alto  
saxophonist. He played the the Earle Theater, the Uptown and Mastbaum  
Theaters in Philadelphia, the Royal Theater in Baltimore, the Howard  
Theater in Washington, DC, and the Majestic in Chicago. He played with  
such greats as Ella Fitzgerald and Sammy Davis Jr. to Patti LaBelle  
and Teddy Pendergrass. He played lead alto with Lionel Hampton and the  
Mercer Ellington Orchestra and also led his own group called "Zach  
Zachery's Atomic Five." Comfortable in all settings from the Apollo  
Theater in Harlem and the Latin Casino to Jimmy Carter's White House  
and Carnegie Hall with the MSFB Orchestra, Zach Zachery was always the  
epitome of technique, dexterity, and just plain nerve. He will be  
missed and talked about for a very long time. 

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