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James Nesbit

  • James Nesbit
  • Fine And Performing Arts Room 244
  • Norfolk, VA 23529
  • 757-683-4061
  • jnesbit@odu.edu
  • JAMES NESBIT, a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, received his B.S. from Duquesne University in 1981. His professional experiences include solo clarinet with the New York Harlem Opera Ensembles European tour of Porgy and Bess in 1981-82, lead alto saxophone with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (1982-84). Mr. Nesbit performs regularly with the Virginia Symphony, Virginia Opera, Richmond Symphony, and numerous touring Broadway productions on saxophone, clarinet, flute, and bassoon. He has also appeared with such entertainers as Tony Bennett, Wayne Newton, Barbara Mandrell, Natalie Cole, Mel Torme, Lou Rawls, Nancy Wilson, The Ojays, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Spinners, Lynyrd Skynyrd and jazz artists Lionel Hampton, Frank Foster, Jimmy Heath, Milt Hinton, Al Jarreau, Christian McBride, Diane Schuur, Terrell Stafford, Arturo Sandoval and Jon Faddis to name just a few. As a soloist, he has appeared at Carnegie Hall and has been featured with the Virginia Symphony. Currently Mr. Nesbit performs with the American Saxophone Quartet and the Great American Music Ensemble. Additionally, he can be seen with a variety of groups in the Eastern United States performing in everything from jazz, R&B and recording work to symphony orchestras and chamber music. Mr. Nesbit was instructor of woodwinds at the Armed Forces School of Music. Mr. Nesbit has been Personnel Manager for the Virginia Symphony since 2007, he resides in Virginia Beach with his wife Kerri and daughter Erin.
  • Education

    Duquesne University, 1981
    Major: Music Education
    Degree: B.S.
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