Sammy Nestico (1924 – 2021)

Sammy Nestico

Kendor Music joins musicians around the world in mourning the loss of Sammy Nestico at the age of 96. Best known for his classic arrangements for the Count Basie Orchestra, Sammy Nestico has been an icon in the music industry and is credited with over 600 educational publications. Sammy began his publishing career in 1960 with Kendor Music. We are honored to have known him and to present his music to the world. 


Virtual Learning during COVID-19

Printed Music Guidelines

Digital versions of previously purchased Kendor products (Kendor Music, Almitra Music, Cojarco Music and Doug Beach Music), may be created for online instruction without further permission from Kendor Music during the Pandemic, with the following conditions:

  • Material must be provided to students in a secure format (password protected, private drives or emailed directly), and must not be posted/shared online in a way that could be accessed by others.
  • Digital distribution of materials may not replace purchasing music.
  • Copyright notices must be included as they appear on the printed music.
  • Sharing of any digital versions with others outside the school district is strictly prohibited.


Video and Audio Guidelines

During this time of the Pandemic, K-12 schools that have purchased music owned by Kendor Music (Kendor Music, Almitra Music, Cojarco Music, and Doug Beach Music) may make video and/or audio recordings and share/post online with the following conditions:

  • Sharing of files must be in a secure format (password protected or emailed directly)
  • If posting online (YouTube, etc.), please remove the video no later than August 1, 2021
  • No fee (tickets) may be charged to view the video.

2020 Jazz And String Orchestra Recordings


Section Workouts


These 3 innovative collections were conceived as a tool to help each jazz section refine their skills as a unit of the contemporary big band, including balance, blend, articulation and phrasing. Each collection includes 6 full performance pieces in a variety of styles. Optional rhythm section parts are included, along with written or ad lib solos for any player. Two downloadable MP3 tracks are included for each piece: a full performance with rhythm section, and a rhythm section only MP3 that can be used in rehearsals or performances without a rhythm section.


Basic String Technique (A Practical Guide To String Instruction)


Designed to accompany any string method, this book provides thorough instruction on basic instrument setup, technique, fixing common mistakes, and more. The first year of instrumental instruction is arguably the most important, if good technique and habits are not established early, students are likely to struggle to achieve quality results. The goal of this book is to provide a resource of ideas and instructional techniques to aid in the challenging work of teaching beginning string students. Perfect for teachers who are new to string education, it also provides helpful teaching strategies for veteran string educators.


Playing Guitar In A Jazz Ensemble


When recruiting guitar students for a the jazz ensemble, it is often the case that the guitarist does not read music notation well, or at all. The goal of this book is to simplify things for the jazz guitarist. By focusing on Freddie Green style, the inexperienced jazz ensemble guitarist has a window into the jazz style that will help them become a solid contributing member of a swinging rhythm section. Starting with Freddie Green chords and voicings, the book tracks these voicings across different styles from blues and swing to bossa nova. From there, the book explores voicings on higher strings that can be used for accompanying soloists (comping). Finally, the book explores jazz scales for the guitar that can be used for soloing. Chord shapes and voicings are shown in tab, standard notation, and chord charts to appeal to all guitar levels and backgrounds, and the video examples will help with understanding the major concepts.


Kendor Concert Favorites, Volume 3


Kendor Recital Solos, Volume 2


Cross-Curricular Learning For The Instrumental Ensemble

Volume 38 Jazz Publications Geared toward middle school orchestra and concert bands, this book will take your concert music to a more meaningful level for your students through cross-curricular units. These fun and interactive projects connect the music that students are playing with Math, History, and English/Language Arts. This book contains detailed lesson plans and reproducible materials for each of the 9 units. Repertoire lists that may be paired with the units and projects in the book are included. #20615, $29.95


The Jazz Commandments (Guidelines For Jazz Articulation And Style) by Jerry Tolson


This book with MP3s addresses articulation and style situations that are commonly found in jazz music by introducing a set of guidelines that can be used to make decisions regarding the treatment of notes and rhythms in the swing style. It includes exercises and catchy tunes that can be used to sound more stylistically accurate and authentic, which makes this a valuable resource for directors, individual students, combos, and big bands. Players will see immediate improvement in jazz articulation and style performance.


Kendor’s Products Available Digitally

Over 2,250 Kendor products are now available both as physical products and also as digital downloads.  When viewing a Kendor edition on our site, the products with a digital option will include a button labeled “Digital Download”.  By clicking on the button, you will be seamlessly transported to where you can download a digital copy.  We will continue to add products to this service often, so please check back again and again!

If you are a music dealer and would like to sell our products digitally, please contact our sales department.


Join JEN


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As a JEN member, you get the chance to connect with a global network of jazz advocates just like you


Kendor Music, Inc.

Since 1954 Kendor Music has been on the forefront of publishing educational editions for jazz ensemble, string orchestra, instrumental solo & ensembles, and books. We are the exclusive distributor of the Doug Beach Music catalog, and distributor of Sammy Nestico Music.

NOTE: All prices listed on this site are retail prices in US dollars. Prices and availability are subject to change without notice.



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