Jack is one of a rare breed…..an in-demand professional musician for the past 35 years and as an educator with approx 30 years of teaching experience. It’s very difficult to find musicians who are able to comfortably fit in the both roles and claim that they are having not only success but very much enjoying the two ‘sides of the coin’ in areas that very much compliment each other…
Primarily, Jack is fundamentally a jazz musician whose mastery skills and artistry also cross over into other styles such as…pop, rock, fusion, latin, classical…
His consummate playing skills have had him performing with people ranging from big bands that includes ‘The Daryl McKenzie Jazz Orchestra’ (on going member for the past 17 years), ‘The Tim Davies Big Band’, 'The Toshi Clinch Big Band' to smaller outfits such as his own groups ‘The Jack Pantazis Group’, ‘Synchronicity’ and playing tribute to ‘Wes Montgomery group and bands such as 'Dig We Must’.
Jack has accompanied international artists that includes Grammy Nominated Mike Stern (ex-Miles Davis guitarist), American jazz great trombonist Bill Watrous and our own Australians James Morrison, Marina Prior just to name a few….
Jack is the guitarist for channel Nine’s Australia wide broadcast of ‘Carols By Candlelight Orchestra’ (for the past 8 years) under the baton of John Foreman.
Apart from live bands Jack has also been involved in playing in pit orchestras. Musicals that include ‘Rent’, ‘Mama Mia’, ‘The Lion King’, ‘Wicked’ at The Regent and Her Majesty’s Theatres in Melbourne.
The educating side of Jack sees him as a teacher in the VET system teaching at Melbourne Polytechnic . Teaching subjects ranging from theory, aural, rhythm, guitar ensemble and bands…and of course guitar.
For a musician to be playing as regularly and teaching full time as Jack is and has been doing for such a long time….it is testimony to his dedication, commitment, professionalism…and most importantly….his ‘passion’ that he passes on to his students and to every playing situation he finds himself in.
In the past couple years Jack has also traveled and performed in Greece...taking the stage with some of Greece's amazing musicians playing his own compositions.