Lewis Nash

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Lewis Nash
Lewis Nash
Lewis Nash
Background information
Born (1958-12-30) December 30, 1958 (age 63)
Phoenix, Arizona
Years active1982–present

Lewis Nash (born December 30, 1958) is an American jazz drummer.[1] According to Modern Drummer magazine, Nash has one of the longest discographies in jazz and has played on over 400 records, earning him the honor of Jazz's Most Valuable Player by the magazine in its May 2009 issue.[2]

In 2012, The Nash Jazz Club,] opened in Phoenix, AZ. Named after Lewis Nash by Jazz in AZ 501(c)(3), The Nash Jazz Club is dedicated to performances and educational programs that promote jazz education.

In 2017, Nash joined the jazz studies faculty at Arizona State University, where he was named the Bob and Gretchen Ravenscroft Professor of Practice in Jazz. In early 2021, the Lewis Nash Scholarship Endowment was created by the university to be awarded annually to a deserving ASU undergraduate or graduate jazz performance student.

Nash is noted for his adaptability to a vast array of genres, as evidenced by his performances with such different musicians as Tommy Flanagan and Don Pullen.[1] Nash has made 5 recordings as bandleader: Rhythm is My Business (1989), It Don't Mean a Thing (2003 Japanese import) and Stompin' at the Savoy (2005 Japanese import), Lewis Nash and the Bebop All-Stars featuring Frank Wess (2008 Japanese Import), and The Highest Mountain (2012). In 2008, Nash became part of The Blue Note 7, a septet formed that year in honor of the 70th anniversary of Blue Note Records.


As leader[edit]

  • Rhythm Is My Business (Evidence, 1989)
  • It Don't Mean a Thing (Pony Canyon, 2003) Japanese import
  • Stompin' at the Savoy (Pony Canyon, 2005) Japanese import
  • The Highest Mountain (Cellar Live/Planetworks, 2012)
  • Duologue with Steve Wilson (MCG Jazz, 2014)

As sideman[edit]

With Toshiko Akiyoshi

With Kenny Barron

With The Blue Note 7

With Kenny Burrell

With Benny Carter

With Ron Carter

With Classical Jazz Quartet

  • Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker (Vertical, 2001)
  • The Classical Jazz Quartet Plays Bach (Vertical, 2002)
  • The Classical Jazz Quartet Play Rachmaninov (Kind of Blue, 2006)
  • The Classical Jazz Quartet Play Tchaikovsky (Vertical, 2006)
  • Christmas (Kind of Blue, 2006)

With Roni Ben-Hur

  • Fortuna (2008)

With Tommy Flanagan

With Frank Foster

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Sir Roland Hanna

With Jimmy Heath

With Eddie Henderson

With Joe Lovano

With Branford Marsalis

With Pat Martino

With Charles McPherson

With Mulgrew Miller

With Tete Montoliu

With Frank Morgan

With David "Fathead" Newman

With Houston Person

With Chris Potter

With Don Pullen

With Renee Rosnes

With Clark Terry

With Toots Thielemans

With McCoy Tyner

With Cedar Walton

With Larry Willis

With Gerald Wilson

With Saori Yano

  • Little Tiny (Nippon Columbia, 2007)

With Dee Dee Bridgewater

With Jane Monheit

  • Taking a Chance on Love (Sony Music Entertainment, 2004)


  1. ^ a b Castiglion, Bernhard (1997–2011). "Drummerworld: Lewis Nash". Feature article for Lewis Nash. Drummerworld.com. Retrieved July 23, 2011.
  2. ^ Micallef, Ken (May 2009). "Modern Drummer magazine". Lewis Nash: Jazz's Most Valuable Player. Modern Drummer Magazine 2011. Archived from the original on September 7, 2011. Retrieved July 23, 2011.