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Master composer/arranger/collaborator/educator; out of “the shadow”. Grammy nominated even at 93.  True inspiration; national treasure.
Master composer/arranger/collaborator/educator; out of “the shadow”. Grammy nominated even at 93. True inspiration; national treasure.
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    SMILING SAMMY SCREENSAVER

    This screensaver will rotate between 6 images from the film SHADOW MAN; now, when you sit down at your computer in the morning w your coffee, you will find yourself thinking about music, and your day with a smile, like Sammy. Also - we thank you by name on our website, and I thank you - right here and now - for your support.

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    RHYTHMIC RING-TONE RIFF

    You will receive the Smiling Sammy Screensaver and thank you's from the $6 level above PLUS a download link of one of Sammy's rhythmic riffs - to be your new ring-tone. Now every time you get a phone call, you'll smile when it rings, and heads will turn.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD OF FILM

    You will receive the screensaver and thank you's from the $6 level, PLUS the ring-tone from the $10 level PLUS you will receive the film - a digital download of Shadow Man. Watch and enjoy with a special someone. (Special someone not included.)

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE - EARLY BIRD

    You will receive the screensaver and thank you's from the $6 level, PLUS the ring-tone from the $10 level PLUS you will receive a deluxe download of the film Shadow Man, with extra's including bonus photography, and outtakes of interviews. Limited to 100 at this price.

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    DIGITAL DOWNLOAD DELUXE

    You will receive the screensaver and thank you's from the $6 level, PLUS the ring-tone from the $10 level PLUS you will receive a deluxe download of the film Shadow Man, with extra's including bonus photography, and outtakes of interviews.

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    "FLAT TROMBONE" NOTE CARD

    You will receive everything from the $28 level above, PLUS a 4 x 5.5" Note Card - wire on paper. Inspired by Sammy's Flat Trombone that plays "B Very Flat" and Toronto artist/musician Dale Scaife. See About the Rewards for an image.

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    DVD DELUXE - W FUTURE VOICE-OVER

    You will receive everything from the $28 level above, including the "deluxe" extra's and bonuses - but the film will be on DVD, PLUS you receive an "extra special" feature later in 2019 after the film plays festivals - a version of the film that has voice-over commentary containing anecdotes and behind the scenes insights from diane estelle and special guests

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    BLU-RAY DELUXE W FUTURE VOICE-OVER

    Exactly the same as the $40 Reward (above) except instead of DVD, the film is on Blu-Ray.

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    T-SHIRT PLUS NAME IN CREDITS

    You will receive everything from the $28 level above, including the "deluxe" download of the film with all the extra's, PLUS a beautiful and artful Sammy-inspired T-SHIRT you'll be proud to wear PLUS you will be immortalized as your name will appear in the closing credits under: "The Producers Wish to Thank." Note: Choice of T-shirt size, style, color is all made after the campaign, see section on About the Rewards.

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    POSTER PLUS NAME IN CREDITS

    You will receive everything from the $28 level above, including the "deluxe" download of the film with all the extra's, PLUS a beautiful and artful POSTER of a painting created by acclaimed artist Claire CHENE that was used for the CD cover as well. This will sure look good on your wall PLUS you will be immortalized as your name will appear in the closing credits under: "The Producers Wish toe Thank." Note: see section on About the Rewards for an image of the poster. As it is a work of art, it will be shipped in a protective tube.

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    COMBO: T-SHIRT, POSTER, NAME IN CREDITS

    You will receive everything from the $28 level above, including the "deluxe" download of the film with all the extra's, PLUS the Sammy inspired t-shirt from the $60 level PLUS the artful poster from the $70 level, and - your name in the closing credits.

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    BOOK #1: THE GIFT OF MUSIC, SIGNED

    You will receive everything from the $28 level above, including the "deluxe" download of the film with all the extra's, PLUS you a rare out-of-print copy of the insightful autobiography of Sammy entitled The Gift of Music, and it is signed by the maestro himself. Your name will also appear in the closing credits. Quantity limited, and as it is out of print, when it's gone, it's gone.

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    PARTY TIME IN L.A.! (2 TIX TO PREMIERE)

    You receive everything from the $60 level above, PLUS -- 2 tickets to the Los Angeles-area premiere of the film. (Travel not included.) Join with us in the "diane estelle" group for a celebration of Sammy and the film's release. We don't have all the details but we already know one thing for sure - this will be a special, heartfelt, and memorable night! And you will see your name on screen, thanked in the end credits.

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    LIM. EDITION SIGNED COLLECTIBLE PRINT

    You will receive everything from the $28 level (above) PLUS a 12 x 16 fine art limited edition giclee print of The Color of Jazz (painted by Sammy). Museum-quality, frame-ready, on canvas, signed AND numbered by Sammy. A true collectible. Shipped to arrive in pristine condition. You also get thanked by name in the end credits. Note: Very limited quantity. Never to be offered again. Earliest orders get lowest numbers. See About the Rewards section for an image.

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    "LOVE NOTE" JEWELRY

    You will receive everything from the $60 level (above) PLUS your choice of Sammy's LOVE NOTE jewelry - which can be worn as a pin or a necklace, and has been specially designed for Sammy by Pepi Fine Jewelry. For images and choices, please see About the Rewards. If you have someone you love the way Sammy loves music, this is a unique piece that everyone will ask you about. You also get thanked by name in the end credits. Note: All selections are made after the campaign.

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    BOOK #2: THE COMPLETE ARRANGER, SIGNED

    You will receive everything from the $60 level (above) PLUS a super-rare copy of the Special Edition of The Complete Arranger, by Sammy. This book is leather-bound, hard cover, with silver detailing, and it is signed by Sammy. It is acclaimed as one of the greatest ever books on arranging music. It comes with two discs that contain examples of lessons from the book. Only 250 of these Special Edition versions were printed to begin with and will never be replicated again. Very limited, very special. You also get thanked by name in the end credits. Note: Very limited quantity. Never to be offered again. See About the Rewards section for an image.

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    SAMMY-SIGNED MUSICAL SCORE

    This is a ONE-OF-A-KIND Reward. You will receive everything from the $60 level (above) PLUS the printed score from CELL TALK, signed by Sammy. This is from the recording of the Soldier Sessions with the United States Army Field Band. See About the Rewards section. for more detail. You also get thanked by name in the end credits.

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    ONE-OF-A-KIND ART: A LIFETIME OF MUSIC

    This is a ONE-OF-A-KIND REWARD (actually, one of two, read below). You will receive everything from the $60 level (above) PLUS a Lifetime of Music, signed by Sammy. See About the Rewards section for an image - check it out, they are all there: Sinatra, Crosby, Vaughan, Basie, Quincy - what do they all have in common? Music and SAMMY, of course. This montage was created by acclaimed artist Pamela Homan, will be output on canvas, 24 x 36. One in Sammy's residence and another, signed by Sammy, as this one-of-a-kind Kickstarter reward. You also get thanked by name in the end credits.

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    SAMMY SIGNED MUSICAL SCORE

    This is a ONE-OF-A-KIND Reward. You will receive everything from the $60 level (above) PLUS the printed score from Sammy's arrangement of FLY ME TO THE MOON, from the film LITTLE CHILDREN, signed by Sammy. See About the Rewards section. for an image. You also get thanked by name in the end credits.

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    SAMMY SIGNED MUSICAL SCORE

    This is a ONE-OF-A-KIND Reward. You will receive everything from the $60 level (above) PLUS the printed score from Sammy's arrangement of JUST FRIENDS which he did while with the Count Basie Orchestra for none other than the late great SARAH VAUGHAN. See About the Rewards section. for an image. You also get thanked by name in the end credits.

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    SHADOW FOR A DAY W TOMMY V.

    You will receive everything from the $60 level (above), PLUS a rare opportunity to spend a day with Tommy Vicari, award-winning recording and scoring mixer, in his California studio, where you can watch the magic in person. Sammy has called Tommy "head and shoulders above anyone else in his craft". For a budding engineer or recording artist, this is for you. Travel not included, subject to scheduling of course.

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    PRIVATE SCREENING FOR UP TO 20

    You will receive everything from the $350 level (including the limited edition collectible giclee print), PLUS you and 19 of your friends will be invited to a special VIP screening of the film - we bring it to YOUR residence or business. Only valid for SoCal location. There will be a post-film Q and A, as you, yes you, will be the first to see the Festival Cut of the film, with your name in the end credits. Your 19 friends will love you for life.

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    ASSOCIATE PRODUCER

    You receive everything from the $260 level (2 tickets to the LA Premiere - travel not included - in our group), OR the $350 level (Limited Edition collectible giclee print) PLUS credit as an ASSOCIATE PRODUCER, which will go onto IMDb, as well as the film's end credits. You also get periodic private status reports by email from the producers with the inside scoop on progress, and a first look at the festival cut of the film. Thanks for being a big supporter and part of our team.

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    CO-PRODUCER

    You receive everything from the $260 level (2 tickets to the LA Premiere - travel not included - in our group), PLUS the $350 level (Limited Edition collectible giclee print) PLUS credit as a CO-PRODUCER, which will go onto IMDb, as well as the film's end credits. You also get periodic private status reports by email from the producers with the inside scoop on progress, and a first look at the festival cut of the film. Thanks for being a HUGE supporter and part of our team.

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    CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

    You receive everything from the $260 level (2 tickets to the LA Premiere - travel not included - in our group), PLUS the $350 level (Limited Edition collectible giclee print) PLUS Shadow for a Day with Tommy Vicari from the $1500 level (travel not included), PLUS credit as a CO-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER, which will go onto IMDb, as well as the film's end credits. You also get periodic private status reports by email from the producers with the inside scoop on progress, and a first look at the festival cut of the film. Thanks for being a COLOSSAL supporter of Sammy and the film and a big part of our team.

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    COLOR OF JAZZ - AN ORIGINAL PAINTING

    You will receive everything from the $3,500 level (above) including credit as an Associate Producer an ORIGINAL Sammy Nestico painting (acrylic on canvas; 12 x 16). Frame-ready, signed by Sammy. A true ONE-OF-A-KIND collectible. Shipped to arrive in pristine condition. See About the Rewards section for an image. Sammy fulfilled his last unfulfilled childhood dream when he took up painting later in life. He is quite good, and this is perhaps his finest work.

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