About

NYC based Guitarist and composer George (Giorgos/Georgios) Nazos from Athens Greece is described in the “Jazz and Jazz” magazine as a “sophisticated and imaginative player and one of the most creative and nonconformist
musicians of the local scene”.

In New York City he performs in Jazz clubs such as Blue Note, Appel Room Lincoln Center , Mezzrow Jazz Club, Jazz Forum, The Bar 55, Cornelia Street, Club Bonafide, Linda's Jazz Nights and many others. He has an international career with performances in Festivals and clubs world wide. (Zinco Jazz Club Mexico City, Technopolis International Jazz Festival Greece,River Fest Bronx, Shablul Jazz Club , Beit Ha Amudim Israel, Limassol Jazz Festival Cyprus and more.

In April 2020 he published his second album as a leader - a guitar trio called "Heat Song”.

The jazz press praised the record :

"Nazos moves through a gamut of expressions on his latest recording “Heat Song”, weaving sublime sensations in the chord sequences integrated with improvised patterns"

Susan Frances Jazz2love “

 

Entwining winding melodic strands, Nazos teases his notes, producing varying“

Tom Haugen, Take effect

“A fine work out from a real pro, this is jazz based but leans toward instrumental music, walking yet another fine line. Tasty work for those moments when only something really meaty will do, this is a snapshot of a real artist taking you behind the curtain. Hot. “

Chris Spector, Midwest Records

In 2017 he published "Liquid Melodies" a common CD with vocalist Tamuz Nissim where they present combination of jazz standards and "Originals that are so smart they can bend light." (C Michael Bailey, All About Jazz). Their record got extensive airplay worldwide, reached #57 in the Jazz Week charts and got warm reviews from the Jazz press. Their arrangement for Gershwin's Fascinating Rhythm was chosen for Jeff Hanley's show ‘Jazz Happening now’, an NPR one hour show that is broadcasted in 43 radio stations around the States.

The band was also chosen to warm Hugh Masekela at the Atlanta Jazz Festival.

“This meaningful title perfectly encapsulates the combined sonics of Israeli vocalist Tamuz Nissim and Greek guitarist George Nazos. When these two pair up they manage to develop a hydrous happening full of mellifluous designs, clear flowing thoughts, and dulcet tones. They're fluid in action, fluent in various dialects of the jazz language, and full of interesting ideas.” 

Dan Bilawsky All About Jazz.

"On 'Isn't That Strange" Nazos' liquid guitar work is really quite sublime as is his gentle guitar

degrees of tautness.”

Jon Neudorf -Sea Of Tranquility

"Nazos' latest release of imaginative scores showcases his ability to assemble melodic motifs as well as his inclination to collaborate with band members to form striking improvisations. His acumen to communicate his thoughts is expansive and shows a boundless craving phrasings on the serene title track.”

“Put her together with guitarist George Nazos and you have a combination that works so amazingly well through each style that it is stunning.”
“The music is both familiar and unique”

Dave Rogers WTJU Radio.

“They are both creatively untethered from conventional wisdom and melodic conventions.”
” C.Michael Bailey, All about Jazz.

He has been also a crucial part of Nissim’s two latest albums as a guitarist and co- producer.

Capturing Clouds (2020) and “Echo of a Heartbeat” (2018) received rave reviews from the Jazz press -NYC Jazz Record, UK Vibe, JazzPRESS Poland , All About Jazz, Midwest Record, Jazz DaGama, Jazz Avenues, WTJU, Times Of Israel , The Jazz Journal (UK) and many more.

“Capturing Clouds” charted on The Roots Radio Charts for 12 weeks peaking at #6 , at NAAC Radio Charts peaking at #12.
“Echo of a Heartbeat” charted on the JazzWeek charts.
Both albums are still being played in more than a 100 radio stations around the USA, Canada, South America, Japan, Europe, Africa, Australia and Israel.

He is a member of Jared’s Pauley quintet with whom he has recorded and contributed an original tune is his record “On Capitol Street” (Ropeadope Records 2019)

After completing his studies in Political Science and History in Panteion University Athens in 2004 he decided to devote himself completely to music and moved to study first in Switzerland in the Swiss Jazz school of Bern and then To Codarts Conservatory of Rotterdam in the Netherlands from where he received a BA jazz performance in guitar 2009.

In Holland George performed with his trio at the local Jazz clubs and in summer 2009 he toured with his band all around Greece and performed in Festivals and cultural events such as Mykonos Summer Nights Festival, Naxos Cultural Summer, Neo Petritzi and more. He lived in Athens from 2009-2014 and was a guitar professor at Nakas Conservatory, a school affiliated with Berkley College of Music.

In 2013 he recorded one of his compositions on vocalist Tamuz Nissim's Debut Album and was the co-band leader of her quartet. With this band they performed at Greece's largest festivals – Technopolis International Jazz Festival 2014. Preveza Jazz Festival, Tinos Jazz Festival, Montofoli Festival and won warm reactions from the audience and enthusiastic press reviews. He has also been featured in the Jazz and jazz CD collection “Summer jazz Flirt Fresh sounds of the Greek scene” and recorded with Greek violinist Themis Nikoloudis.

In 2015 George moved to New York City where he performs regularly at clubs such as Blue Note, Cornelia Street Cafe, Jazz Forum, Deerhead Inn and many more.


He was invited to participate in an International Jazz day concert as part of the Atlanta Jazz Festival 2017; He was also invited by artistic director and award wining pianist Ted Rosenthal to perform at the Riverdale Y theater in an event including Jazz giants bassist Harvie S,

vibraphonist Mark Sherman and legendary drummer Louis Hayes.

From this event he started a fruitful collaboration of performances with bassist Harvie S and a tour with him and with trombonist Willie Applewhite in Israel and Greece the Summer of 2017.

Whether he is leading his own group or invited by fellow musicians as a sideman his playing is always
characterized as authentic, energetic and highly communicative.