March 16 & 17, 2007, Zach Brock and The Coffee Achievers
recorded their third CD (and first live recording) at
the Jazz Factory in Louisville, KY.
The result is an engaging portrayal of the energy, creativity
and virtuosity that the Coffee Achievers have become known
Zach Brock has been heralded by Blue Note recording
artist and MacArthur Grant recipient Patricia Barber
as "the one on whom to place your bets in jazz."
Zach's artistry, both as a performer and composer, places
him in the company of today's leading young Indie jazz
Born on August 2, 1974, in Lexington, Kentucky, Zach
grew up in a family of musicians. Performing from a
young age with his parents led to an early passion for
improvisation. Zach moved to Chicago in 1992 to continue
classical training with Myron Kartman at Northwestern
University, and access to Chicago's thriving culture
allowed him opportunities to study with local and touring
jazz masters. An appearance with Orbert Davis at the
1997 IAJE convention launched Zach's professional jazz
In 2002, Zach was chosen to participate in Betty Carter's
Jazz Ahead residency at the Kennedy Center in Washington,
D.C. During this residency, Zach met keyboardist Sam
Barsh and bassist Matt Wigton. They convened in Chicago
later that summer and with local drummer Nori Tanaka,
recorded Zach's debut CD, "Zach Brock and The Coffee
Achievers." This self-produced CD created a stir
in both the jazz and college markets, and The Coffee
Achievers began touring in support of their effort.
Zach released his second CD, "Chemistry,"
in February '05 and in April '05, Dave Douglas invited
Zach Brock and his band to a prestigious small-group
residency sponsored by the Weill Music Institute that
culminated in their first performance at New York's
legendary Carnegie Hall. Shortly after that, Down Beat
Magazine listed Zach in the "Rising Stars"
column of the Critics Poll and featured him in the "Players"
column of its October '05 issue.
In January '06, Brock performed on the soundtrack for
the documentary film
"Black Gold." Written and directed by brothers
Nick and Marc Francis, with a musical score composed
by Andreas Kapsalis, the film premiered at the 2006
Sundance Film Festival and was released nationally in
the fall. In the spring of '06, the film aired on the
PBS series "Independent Lens." Zach relocated
from Chicago to Brooklyn in February '06, and The Coffee
Achievers performed for the film's closing night celebration
after its inclusion in the New York International Human
Rights Film Festival at Lincoln Center in June '06.
On September 23, 2006, Zach Brock and The Coffee Achievers
made their international debut at the 2006 Tudo e Jazz
Festival in Ouro Preto, Brazil, as part of an impressive
roster of international jazz artists that included Dave
Holland, Kurt Elling, Jason Moran, Kurt Rosenwinkel,
and Toninho Horta. Playing all-original material from
their 2005 release "Chemistry," as well as
material from their debut release, "Zach Brock
and The Coffee Achievers," the band was received
with an enthusiastic ovation. Later that October, Zach
had the honor of performing with Alice Coltrane, Ravi
Coltrane, Drew Gress, Reggie Workman, and Jack DeJohnette
as part of Mrs. Coltrane's final concert. Zach appears
on Ravi Coltrane's forthcoming recording of music from
In March '07, Zach Brock and The Coffee Achievers made
their third recording and their first live recording
at The Jazz Factory in Louisville, KY. The new CD, recorded
over two nights, features a mix of new and previously
recorded material and is the first Coffee Achievers
CD to showcase their exhilarating live energy.
October '07 will see Zach's documentary film debut
and first solo performances in Europe as part of "Passion,"
a new documentary film about legendary Polish violinist