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Lewis Nash and Steve Wilson at JazzNights

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Lewis Nash and Steve Wilson Hockaday/Jones Barn JazzNights Hopewell, NJ April 9, 2017 Two tacit, entwined propositions animated a performance by Lewis Nash and Steve Wilson at JazzNights, a long running concert series in the Princeton, NJ area curated by Mary Wisnovsky and Maitland Jones. The first is that it's possible for the compositions of Duke Ellington, Fats Waller, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Horace Silver, Billy Strayhorn, and Denzil Best to coexist in a ...

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The Nash Second Anniversary in Phoenix

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The Nash Second Anniversary The Nash/Private Home Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona October 31, November 1-2, 2014 There's something about the way Lewis Nash plays drums. No, there's everything about the way he plays drums--selectively, tastefully, underplaying vs. bombastic; in a word, elegantly. Nash's classy combination of swing and sophistication was abundantly evident during two weekend concerts with two NEA Jazz Masters, tenor/soprano saxophonist Jimmy Heath, 88, and pianist Barry Harris, 84. The legendary beboppers were ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Steve Wilson/Lewis Nash: Duologue

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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, ...

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Lewis Nash All-Stars at the Nash

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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 ...

LIVE REVIEW

Lewis Nash All-Star Quintet: Phoenix, AZ, October 3, 2012

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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 ...

INTERVIEW

Lewis Nash: Professionalism and Respect

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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 ...

RHYTHM IN EVERY GUISE

Lewis Nash: Inside "Monk's Dream"

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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 ...


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