Kenneth Nash

Kenneth Nash is an American jazz percussionist, composer and producer.

Life and work

Nash's career began in the seventies. Since then he was almost to listen to hundreds of jazz recordings, most as a sideman, but also on their own albums. He played with jazz greats like Pharaoh Sanders, Art Pepper, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Haynes, Joe Henderson, Woody Herman and many others. Highlights of the career were an appearance with Gene Ammons at the Montreux Jazz Festival and with Herbie Hancock at the Newport Jazz Festival. Nash was also a member of the Hancock band The Headhunters. With Andy Narell, he was several times on tour in Europe. Since 2010 he is a member of The Pyramids to the multi-instrumentalist Idris Ackamoor.

His music is influenced by its own account of classical, Cuban and African music, jazz, pop, funk and hip -hop.

Nash operates since 1981 a recording studio and a production company. His textbook Rhythm Talk was published in several languages.


  • Shine On; John Mehler, CD, 1993, Blueds Records
  • Double Disc Jazz Praise (Light the Night / Jazz Praise ), with John Mehler, CD, Maranatha Music
  • A Touch of Kenneth Nash - Music From a Far Away Place, CD

As a sideman:

  • V.S.O.P. ( Album ), with Herbie Hancock
  • Merl Saunders and Friends, with Merl Saunders
  • Village of the Pharoahs, with Pharaoh Sanders