Zach Bartholomew is an up-and-coming jazz pianist based out of Tallahassee, FL.
Zach Bartholomew was born on March 13th, 1986, in Tallahassee, FL.
He grew up south of Tallahassee in the small town of Sopchoppy, and
began taking piano lessons when he was 11 years old. During high
school he played in the jazz band for two years, but it wasn't until after a
visit to New Orleans with his family that he truly became interested in
jazz. When he was 17 years old he began studying periodically with
Professor Bill Peterson at Florida State University, and attended the
FSU Honors Jazz Camp during the summer. After a year of studying
jazz and practicing, he successfully auditioned into the Jazz Program at
Florida State University. While at FSU, Zach was able to take several
private lessons with pianist Marcus Roberts as well as work with
Roberts, Roland Guerin, Rodney Jordan, and Jason Marsalis in small
group and trio settings. In May of 2009 he earned a Bachelors of Arts in
Music and graduated magna cum laude.
During his time at FSU, Zach has been taking up gigs all over the
panhandle region. In 2007 he began playing on a regular basis with his
good friend David Smith (trombone) in the Dave Smith Quartet. After a
year or so playing as a sideman, Zach formed his own trio; which was
featured on Tallahassee jazz radio station WJZT’s website in the fall of
2008. In 2009, his trio was featured in Florida State University’s
newspaper, FSView. Currently, he performs with his trio, a quartet, and
accompanies a variety of vocalists across Florida.
Zach Bartholomew has a bold, unique approach to the piano which
draws from influences ranging from James P. Johnson to Brad Mehldau.
He uses intricate rhythms and melodic lines for building and developing
ideas while improvising. In addition to the intellectual complexities of
Zach’s approach, there is a deep-rooted sense of swing at the foundation
of everything he plays
Zach has experience performing in a wide variety of settings, which
include playing at restaurants, clubs, wedding receptions, private parties,
pageants, and music festivals, such as B-Sharps Jazz Café, Jazz Club
of Sarasota, and the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa. In addition
to playing as a sideman and leading his trio, Zach performs in other
musical contexts such as solo piano gigs, duo concerts with horn
players and bassists, and accompanying vocalists.