Lewis Nash

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Lewis Nash
Lewis Nash 2014.jpg
Lewis Nash, promotional photo for 2014
Background information
Born (1958-12-30) December 30, 1958 (age 58)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Drums
Years active 1982–present
Associated acts Betty Carter, Branford Marsalis, Ron Carter, Don Pullen/George Adams, The Blue Note 7, John Lee
Website www.lewisnash.com

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]

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 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 Dizzy Gillespie

With Jimmy Heath

With Eddie Henderson

With Joe Lovano

With Tete Montoliu

With David "Fathead" Newman

  • Mr. Gentle Mr. Cool : A Tribute to Duke Ellington (Kokopelli, 1994)

With Don Pullen

With Renee Rosnes

With Clark Terry

With McCoy Tyner

With Cedar Walton

With Gerald Wilson

With Mulgrew Miller


  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. Retrieved July 23, 2011.