Lewis Nash

Douglas Lewis Nash ( born December 30, 1958 in Phoenix, Arizona) is an American jazz drummer.

Musician's life

Lewis Nash grew up in his native town. For jazz, he was encouraged by his high school teacher. At 18, Nash was already a wanted musicians ( sideman ) for traveling musicians who visited Phoenix. In 1981 he was asked to move to New York, to join the band of Betty Carter. Nash was at that time a sideman and since his four-year tour of time and connection with Betty Carter, he was able to make many recordings and tours with the most important musicians of the time, most notably, he worked intensively with Ron Carter (1984) and JJ Johnson (1988 ).

Nash is known for his masterful play in the bebop and post-bop in the context; but he mastered a variety of styles including funk, free jazz and Latin. His versatility made ​​him one of the most sought after drummers in the last two decades. He is known for his seemingly bottomless depth of melodic vocabulary that he relates from all eras of jazz drumming, which he brings his own distinctive always recognizable access the structure of its accompanying and solo pieces. These guidelines audible voice brings Nash among the few drummers in the past 20 years, which have succeeded the important tradition of American jazz in the music scheme, without question to have their independence.

Nash's game is characterized by a reliable, almost unrelenting ride cymbal basic beat and brilliant melodic inventions alternating between snare drum, tom-toms and bass drum. Cymbal crashes solve these figures into complex, unpredictable ways. Fresh technical execution of rudimentary figures, a far ausholendes broom game and the use of the three toms (10, 12, 14 inches) give Nash a range of melodic possibilities of a piano player.

Nash is considered one of the most important stylists of the broom game of his generation. Particularly his recordings with pianist Tommy Flanagan show his mastery in this respect. With Flanagan on piano and Peter Washington on bass, the trio managed some of the most notable jazz recordings of the 1990s: Sea Changes ( 1996), Lady Be Good ... For Ella 1994 and Live at the Village Vanguard (1998) are three of these outstanding albums. In 2011 he worked at Ryan True Dells Centennial - with Newly Discovered Works of Gil Evans.

Activities as a jazz educator

Nash is known in the jazz community, the drummer that he passionately devoted to the training. He has supported a long line of young drummers in their careers and is in demand as a practitioner and educator in jazz schools, workshops and Training jazz festivals worldwide.


In the late 1990s he formed his own group, the Lewis Nash Ensemble, with Nash, Jimmy Green on saxophone, David Finck on bass, Steve Nelson on vibraphone and Steve Kroon on the percussion instruments. He currently leads instrumented different groups, from duo to septet.


As a sideman he has worked with:

Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, Gerald Wilson, Horace Silver, Ron Carter, Hank Jones, Milt Jackson, Art Farmer, McCoy Tyner, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis (on Random Abstract), Clark Terry, Joe Williams, Nancy Wilson, Kenny Burrell, Jimmy Heath, John Lewis, JJ Johnson, Sonny Rollins, Bud Shank, Scott Hamilton, Jackie McLean or Cyrus Chestnut.