Berklee Summer Concert SeriesZac Zinger Group
The Zac Zinger Group is a quartet made up of four progressive jazz musicians with a passion for exploring new music in ways that challenge both the musicians and the listener. Formed in 2007, signed to Jazz Revelation Records in 2009 and 2011, and a featured band at the 2010 Falmouth Jazz Festival, the Group is influenced by elements of jazz, soul, funk, gospel, fusion, and R&B, but does not quite fit into one specific genre.
Composer/saxophonist/EWI player Zac Zinger is a 2011 graduate the Berklee College of Music. Born and raised just outside of Pittsburgh, he picked up the saxophone at age 9 and has since received a number of awards, including the Herb Pomeroy Award two times, the Pittsburgh Jazz Society Award for Musical Excellence, the Irene S. and Harry Louik Theatre Arts Award, and the Melville Alexander Eberhardt Award. He has performed in 10 countries and written and had performed works for ensembles ranging in size from jazz quartets to a 90-piece orchestra. Zinger currently writes music for movies and video games, as well as all of the music in the ZZG repertoire.
Zinger is joined by virtuoso Puerto Rican pianist Abraham Olivo, a veteran of the Monterey Jazz Festival who has played with the likes of Floetry, Chaka Kahn, and Hugh Masekela; bassist Kellan Thomas, a full scholarship recipient and graduate of the Berklee College of Music; and drummer Alex Melcher, a 2010 recipient of the Steve Gadd Award. Together ZZG boasts a fresh contemporary sound that has been compared to artists as prominent as the Yellowjackets, Michael Brecker, and David Sanborn.