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Zachary Breaux

Zachary Charles Breaux
Born (1960-06-26)June 26, 1960
Port Arthur, Texas, United States
Died February 20, 1997(1997-02-20) (aged 36)
Miami Beach, Florida, United States
Genres Jazz
Occupations Musician
Instruments Jazz guitar
Years active 1969–1997
Labels NYC Records
Zebra Records

Zachary Charles Breaux (June 26, 1960 Port Arthur, Texas – February 20, 1997 Miami Beach, Florida)[1] was an American jazz guitarist, influenced by George Benson and Wes Montgomery[2] and best remembered for his soul-jazz work. He played with many notable jazz musicians during his career, including Roy Ayers, Stanley Turrentine, Jack McDuff, Lonnie Liston Smith, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Donald Byrd.[1][2]


Zachary Breaux was born on June 26, 1960 in Port Arthur, Texas. He began playing at the age of 9 and after graduating from Lincoln High School, he studied music composition at University of North Texas College of Music[1] where he had been a member of the One O'Clock Lab Band. In 1984, he moved to New York, where he spent 6 years in the band of vibist Roy Ayers.[1] He was signed to Zebra Records in 1996,[2] but died on February 20, 1997 at the age of 36 while on holiday in Miami Beach. He was trying to save the life of another swimmer, Eugenie Poleyeff (1930–1997), 66 of Brooklyn, N.Y., caught by a riptide. Breaux, who saved a man from drowning while on tour in Italy in 1988, was vacationing on Miami Beach with his family when he went to help the swimmer. Breaux was also caught by the current and suffered a heart attack. Breaux was pronounced dead at the Miami Heart Institute. Poleyeff also died. [3] He is survived by:

  • His wife Frederica (née Frederica Elena Clark)
  • Their daughters Alexis Monet, Mia Deneicia, and Nina
  • His parents Manuel and Verlie Breaux (née Verlie Marie Zenon)
  • And six siblings.


  • Groovin' (1992, NYC Records)
  • Laid Back (1994, NYC Records)
  • Uptown Groove (1997, Zebra Records)


General references

  • Barry Kernfeld (editor), The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, second edition (three volumes), Macmillan Publishers, London (2002)
  • Biography Index, A Cumulative Index to Biographical Material in Books and Magazines, Volume 22: September 1996 – August 1997, H.W. Wilson Co., New York (1997)
  • The New York Times Biographical Service, A compilation of current biographical information of general interest, Volume 28, Numbers 1- 12. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Co. (1997)

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External links

  • Zachary Breaux biography

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