"Hello, I’m Frank Renton and I want to tell you about this edition of Frankly Speaking.

Sammy Nestico, who was one of the great composers and arrangers of the big band and popular music world, with a rare understanding of what music is all about, died on the 17th of January this year, at the age of 96.

I didn’t really discover want he was all about until I started playing the trumpet again and joined the White House Big Band, a bunch of 'geriatric' musicians who met once a week to bash through a few big band numbers.

The big thrill for me was playing music inscribed with words from the library of the Count Basie Orchestra, and I was amazed at just how many of them were either composed or arranged by Sammy Nestico, and how brilliant the writing was.

I was moved to read more about him and discovered a man who led a quite extraordinary life, so for this edition of Frankly Speaking, I'm telling the story of the late, great Sammy Nestico."

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