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Violinist Zach Brock is a sought-after soloist, educator, and sideman, as well as a multi Grammy Award-winning member of the band Snarky Puppy. Born to a musical family in Lexington, KY, he began studying violin at the age of four and performing publicly by the age of six. Brock’s improvisational skills were honed in the rich Chicago jazz scene while studying classical violin at Northwestern University. He released his debut album, Zach Brock & The Coffee Achievers, in 2003. Two years and two records later he was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall by trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas. Brock joined the band of legendary bassist Stanley Clarke in 2007 and that same year he and his wife, filmmaker Erin Harper, relocated to Brooklyn. From 2010 to 2012 Brock led a chord-less trio of violin, bass, and drums called The Magic Number and since 2012 he has released three albums on Criss Cross Jazz, as well as two co-led projects with renowned pianist Phil Markowitz. In 2017 Brock formed a new “chord-less” trio with Matt Ulery and Jon Deitemyer. Their collective 2019 album Wonderment garnered rave reviews and inclusion in the “Best of 2019” lists by Downbeat and JAZZIZ magazines.
Brock is most widely recognized through his fifteen years of touring and recording with the genre-bending supergroup Snarky Puppy. He first recorded with them in 2008 on Bring Us the Bright and has appeared on seven subsequent recordings that include the 2017 Grammy Award-winning album Culcha Vulcha, 2019’s Immigrance, the 2021 Grammy Award-winning Live At The Royal Albert Hall, and the 2023 Grammy-award winning album Empire Central (to which he contributed the song “Honiara”). A passionate educator, Brock has coached hundreds of musicians through the workshops of Jamey Aebersold and Mike Block, masterclasses at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki and Carnegie Hall in New York, and as a five-year “Artist In Residence” at Temple University in Philadelphia. Brock remains a perennial coffee fanatic and skateboard enthusiast, and currently lives with his wife and daughters in the NYC area. His eleventh solo album, the Grammy-nominated Dirty Mindz, was released in June 2022 on GroundUP Records