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Zac Rae
Zac, born in Great Britain, began taking piano lessons at the age of five. During high school, he would seek out live musical opportunities: "When I was in high school, you could get a gig playing jazz for a couple hours at places like Barnes and Noble. So my friends and I would play in little quartets, and each get paid in $25 gift cards, which translated to about two CDs. Later as a teenager, I spent some time on the Cuban jazz circuit in Los Angeles, which was a lot of fun."
Zac studied at USC Thornton School of Music in Southern California for two years, before dropping out to find full-time work as a musician: "Shockingly, no one has ever passed me over for a gig because I didn't have a degree."
Zac's professional career began in 1999: "Around the time I dropped out of music school in 1999, I met a group of more active musicians in LA and I started connecting and working with them. [...] One thing led to another and soon I was working full time doing session work, and then I got my first touring break with Alanis Morissette in 2001 when I was 21". While touring and recording with Morissette, Zac worked extensively as a session musician, recording with Macy Gray, Stevie Nicks, Ringo Starr, Ziggy Marley, Jane's Addiction, Miley Cyrus and Against Me! amongst others.
In 2015, Zac initially joined Death Cab for Cutie in a touring capacity, following the departure of founding member Chris Walla. In 2016, both he and touring guitarist Dave Depper were added to the band's core line-up. Zac's first studio album with the band, Thank You for Today was released in 2018.
Alongside his duties in Death Cab for Cutie, Zac continues to record as an in-demand studio session musician, contributing to Leonard Cohen's final two studio albums, You Want It Darker (2016) and Thanks for the Dance (2019), and appearing on albums by Lana Del Rey, Dua Lipa, Childish Gambino, Niall Horan, and Best Coast.
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Blue Note 509996 99286 2 8
recorded 2008 through 2009 in New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Nashville, TN/USA
Norah Jones, guitar, piano, vocals
Peter Atanasoff, guitar
Sam Cohen, guitar
Jesse Harris, guitar
Smokey Hormel, guitar
Marc Ribot, guitar, banjo
Lyle Workman, guitar
Jon Graboff, pedal steel
Zac Rae, organ, marxophon, clarinet
John Kirby, piano, synthesizer
James Poyser, piano, organ
Matt Stanfield, synthesizer
Tony Scherr, bass
Gus Seyffert, bass
Frank Swart, bass
Dave Wilder, bass
James Gadson, drums
Marco Giovino, drums, percussion
Robert DiPietro, drums
Pete McNeal, drums
Joey Waronker, drums
Will Sayles, tambourine

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