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Ted Nash Big Band: Presidential Suite (Eight Variations on Freedom)

Read "Presidential Suite (Eight Variations on Freedom)" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

As we live through the most contentious and divisive political cycle in US history, the Ted Nash Big Band Presidential Suite: Eight Variations On Freedom couldn't be more relevant. The significance hits home quickly and pointedly as former Connecticut State Senator Joe Lieberman follows the opening “Overture" with words of JFK that say, in part: ..."civility is not a weakness...." Nash is well known for his role in Wynton Marsalis' Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, an association that ...

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Ted Nash: The Goal Is Creativity

Read "Ted Nash: The Goal Is Creativity" reviewed by R.J. DeLuke

A New York City morning often starts early, sometimes 6 a.m., for this musician who is trying to elongate the hours available in a day. There's a lot to get to. Practicing the saxophone or flute. Sitting down to go through the elusive and demanding task of writing music worthy of the plateau, which these days seems to be a lot about commissioned work.Ted Nash is in demand.On the heels of his striking, and Grammy nominated, ...

NEW YORK BEAT

The Ted Nash Quintet at Dizzy's

Read "The Ted Nash Quintet at Dizzy's" reviewed by Nick Catalano

It seems just yesterday that Wynton Marsalis filled the chairs in the new Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra with young unknown musicians. But here it is 2010 and most of the initial personnel have gone on to become important jazz figures leading their own groups and recording prolifically.

Among the most notable of these is Ted Nash. Born and raised in L.A. under the early tutelage of his father trombonist Dick and his uncle reedman Ted, young Nash played piano at ...

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Ted Nash: Portrait in Seven Shades

Read "Portrait in Seven Shades" reviewed by David Adler

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra (JLCO) is often derided as a bastion of conservatism, although it's not clear what is conservative about an epic like trumpeter Wynton Marsalis' Congo Square (Blue Note, 2007), with its volleys of Ghanaian percussion and ensemble-singing in the Ga and Fante dialects. For that matter, the JLCO accommodates boundary-pushing musicians like Ted Nash, who holds a multi-woodwinds chair while still doing offbeat work with the likes of bassist Ben Allison and pianist Frank Kimbrough--not ...

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Ted Nash: The Mancini Project

Read "The Mancini Project" reviewed by Douglas Payne

While Henry Mancini (1924-1994) borrowed plenty from jazz, he returned in kind by contributing a large body of fine, memorable music worthy of the melodic jazz tradition. Much of Mancini's best film music--particularly those scores from the early 1960s--sprang from the “cool jazz" of the 1950s West Coast Scene and featured some of the era's best players. Aside from insanely catchy music, Mancini brilliantly fused instrumental colors and devised some of the cleverest musical patterns imaginable. Oddly, though, Mancini never ...

MEGAPHONE

Portrait in Seven Shades

Read "Portrait in Seven Shades" reviewed by AAJ Staff

By Ted Nash“Different themes inevitably require different methods of expression. This does not imply either evolution or progress; it is a matter of following the idea one wants to express and the way in which one wants to express it. - Pablo Picasso About two years ago, Wynton Marsalis, artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center, asked me to compose a long-form piece to be performed at some future date by the Jazz at Lincoln ...

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Ted Nash and Still Evolved: In the Loop

Read "In the Loop" reviewed by Brian P. Lonergan

Ted Nash and his Still Evolved quintet's thoroughly appealing In the Loop opens with a strong whiff of the early to mid-'60s Blue Note era, as if the wind which filled the sails of Maiden Voyage stirred again to nudge Nash's embarkation. The opening original “Kensington High, with its misty atmosphere of cymbals and snare rolls and its minor key modal feel, features an appropriately contemplative solo by pianist Frank Kimbrough and the first evidence of Nash's robust, firm and ...


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