Saxophone and drum duos aren't as rare as some might believe, but a good percentage of such encounters are challenging, left-leaning affairs. John Coltrane's edgy encounters with Rashied Ali on Interstellar Space (Impulse!, 1974) emboldened many in the so-called avant-garde to marry these instruments time and again over the ensuing decades, yet few centrists seem as interested or willing to explore that territory. That's why a recording such as this, featuring man-for-all-seasons saxophonist Steve Wilson and paragon-of-class drummer Lewis Nash, is so special. Nash, an occasional leader and first-call side man who's worked with everybody from vocalist ...read more
Lewis Nash All-Stars: Randy Brecker, Javon Jackson, George Cables, George Mraz The Nash Phoenix, AZ October 11, 2013 Drummer Lewis Nash led an all-star quintet of Randy Brecker on trumpet, Javon Jackson on tenor saxophone, George Cables on piano and George Mraz on bass to mark the first anniversary of the Nash, Jazz in AZ's performance and education center. Two 75-minute sets (with separate admissions) comprised the main event of a four-day celebration of the nonprofit center, named for the world-renowned drummer who was born and raised in Arizona. Since leaving jny: Phoenix ...read more
Lewis Nash All-Star QuintetThe NashPhoenix, AZOctober 3, 2012Drummer Lewis Nash led a quintet of New York-based musicians in two concerts to mark the grand opening of The Nash, a new jazz educational and performance center in Phoenix, Arizona, operated by Jazz in Arizona Inc. and named for the city's native son, who has become internationally renowned.Nash's all-star combo featured Cedar Walton on piano, Houston Person on tenor sax, Russell Malone on guitar and Christian McBride on bass. Each of the 75-minute concerts filled the 120-seat venue. The early performance launched with a swinging ...read more
Lewis Nash All-Stars with Wynton MarsalisMusical Instrument MuseumPhoenix, AZApril 11, 2012An evening of bebop, swing, Latin and blues celebrated acclaimed drummer Lewis Nash and raised funds for youth programs of Jazz in Arizona. The 35-year-old nonprofit jazz-support organization recently opened The Nash, a performance and youth education center established in Phoenix to honor the musician in his hometown. Nash came from New York to lead an all-star combo of Renee Rosnes on piano, Terell Stafford on trumpet, Jimmy Greene on saxophones and Peter Washington on bass, with a guest appearance by trumpeter Wynton ...read more
One of the busiest musicians in jazz today, Lewis Nash is the first-call drummer for some of the greatest artists in this music. Since moving to New York in the early '80s, the Phoenix, Arizona native has appeared on more than 400 recordings, from his earliest dates with the late great Betty Carter to his decade as a member of the Tommy Flanagan trio to his recent effort as a member of the Blue Note 7. Nash's work with veterans of such stature as Ray Brown, John Lewis and Oscar Peterson is a tribute to his tastefulness, while ...read more
Throughout a rendition of Thelonious Monk's composition Monk's Dream, Lewis Nash's drumming is a study in contrasts wrapped in a smooth, calculated exterior. During the A section (played 3 times) of Monk's 32-bar tune, Nash puts himself on equal footing with the other instrumentalists (pianist Mulgrew Miller, vibraphonist Steve Nelson, and bassist Peter Washington), without ever forsaking the drummer's traditional role as a timekeeper. He establishes an unwavering pulse but never rides a cymbal for more than a bar or two at a time. Virtually every drum and cymbal is briefly featured, yet there's nothing skittish or uncertain about what ...read more
It's a pleasure to watch or listen to drummer Lewis Nash. He has supplied supple and adventurous rhythms for an incredible array of jazz musicians over the years, blending in with most any situation. His versatility stands out. But things could have been different. It might have been that watching and listening to Nash would mean turning on the television nightly, around dinnertime. Or maybe at 11 p.m. I could have been: Lewis Nash bringing you the latest news. I was a broadcast journalism major," says Nash, even though he studied drums ...read more
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