PERFORMING WITH NATALIE FERNANDEZ Zaccai Curtis is a pianist, bandleader and musician of Puerto Rican and African American ancestry. After graduating from New England Conservatory in 2005, he moved to New York City where he performs regularly with artists such as: Donald Harrison, Cindy Blackman Santana, Eddie Palmieri, Christian Scott, Ralph Peterson, T.K. Blue, Brian Lynch, Ray Vega, and Eric Person amongst others. Curtis composes and arranges for his own quartet, trio, Big-Band and more. In 2003 he was chosen as a winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s competition and each year consecutively through 2006. Zaccai and his quartet were selected by the U.S. State Department to be in the American Music Abroad (Jazz Ambassadors) program two times in 2006. They performed in Bangladesh, Calcutta, Bangalore, Mumbai, Sri Lanka and Maldives.
Zaccai Curtis is joined by the dynamic band Insight and vocalist Natalie Fernandez. Known for bridging the gap and blending the lines between Jazz and Latin Jazz, Insight’s interpretations of such songs as “Bouncing With Bud,” “Inner Urge” and Maria Cervantes,” have brought them much recognition for being creative as well as authentic. (A difficult feat to accomplish without ruining a masterpiece composition). Along with Zaccai, Insight will continue to push their boundaries, bridging the gaps and blending the lines between Afro Caribbean, Jazz, R&B, and Tango.
OriginBorn 1981 in New York CityInstrumentsPianoGenresAfro Caribbean, Jazz, R&B, and TangoWebsitezaccaicurtis.com