Nestor Zurita Alto Saxophonist, Composer and Concert Artist
Nestor is an accomplished alto saxophonist, composer, educator, and social activist, with
He has played thousands of concerts around the world many of them for underprivileged
audiences. Through his music he has always promoted the value of social justice and
democracy. He has also played for President Clinton and First Lady Michelle Obama.
Nestor plays and composes many genres, including classical, fusion, world music, Latin
jazz, and jazz. He is also one of the most proficient EWI (electric wind instrument) players,
crushing boundaries with his creations.
Nestor plays globally, his engagements spanning Italy, France, Spain, South America, and
throughout the United States. It is his conviction that music connects us all and that
through it’s magic we can create change in the world. He believes that music is the answer,
not the question.
Nestor studied at the New School of Jazz., Manhattan School of Music, and Miami Dade
His teachers include Bobby Watson & Steve Slagel.
Nestor was the Creator and Director of the Jazz Department of the National Conservatory
of Ecuador and directed the Classical Saxophone Program in that Conservatory.
Nestor has played with Steve Lacy, Jovinho Santos Neto, Omar Sosa, Chuck Bergeron, Felix
Gomez, Ed Calle, among others. An avid composer, Nestor has written over three hundred
pieces of music that fuse element from countries around the world.
In Miami he leads: Latin Jazz Ensemble; Middle Eastern Jazz Project; The Jewish Jazz
Nestor is the Director of Music Without Borders, Inc.