• John Nastos and MHCC Combo

  • John Nastos

    John Nastos and MHCC Combo
    Migration Brewing, Gresham Pub
    Sunday, April 26, 2020
    2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
    Free Concert! Audience is asked to purchase food/drinks.

    Multi-instrumentalist John Nastos was born and raised in Portland, Oregon, where he found his love of music while exploring the vibrant local music scene.

    Before graduating from high school, John enrolled at Portland State University, where he studied with Alan Jones, Darrell Grant, and other Portland jazz luminaries. During that same year, he started performing with the Mel Brown Septet, the Gordon Lee Big Band, and other professional Portland groups.

    In 2004, Nastos graduated from high school and moved to New York City on a scholarship to study jazz at the acclaimed Manhattan School of Music. At MSM, John studied saxophone and composition with Dick Oatts (Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra), Bob Mintzer (Yellowjackets), Steve Wilson (Chick Corea), and Mike Abene (WDR Big Band). In 2007, John completed the four-year degree program in just three years.

    Since returning to Portland, John has performed with the who’s who of the Portland scene, including the Mel Brown Septet, the Bobby Torres Ensemble, the Oregon Symphony, the Third Angle New Music Ensemble, Darrell Grant’s On the Territory, the Damian Erskine Project, and the Christopher Brown Quartet. He has recorded with the Chuck Israels Orchestra, Intervision, Drew Shoals, Obo Addy, Ezra Weiss, Damian Erskine, Chance Hayden, Ben Darwish’s Commotion, Tony Glausi, Jessie Marquez, and others.

    Nastos’s composition, arranging, and compositional skills have been commissioned for performances and recordings by Damian Erskine, the Bobby Torres Ensemble, the Art Abrams Swing Machine, Portland State University, and Pink Martini (for performances with the San Francisco Symphony and other orchestras around the world).

    He has toured extensively with Grammy-winning vocalist Dianne Schuur, playing performances with her in the United States, Europe, and Asia. He has also toured with the Grammy-winning artist Esperanza Spalding.

    John will be joined by the Mt. Hood Community College’s top jazz combo, comprised of the top jazz musicians in the program.