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 57)
Phoenix, Arizona United States
Genres Jazz, be-bop, post-bop
Occupation(s) Musician, bandleader
Instruments Drums
Years active Since 1982
Associated acts Betty Carter, Branford Marsalis, Ron Carter, Don Pullen/George Adams, The Blue Note 7, John Lee
Website Official Website for Lewis Nash

Lewis Nash (born December 30, 1958)[1] is an American jazz drummer. According to Modern Drummer magazine, Nash has one of the longest discographies in jazz. and has played on over 400 records by musicians, earning him the honor of being named 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 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 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


  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.