Nasheet Waits

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Nasheet Waits
Background information
Born (1971-06-15) June 15, 1971 (age 52)
New York City
Years active1993–present

Nasheet Waits is an American jazz drummer.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Waits is a New York native who has been active on the jazz scene since early in his life. His father, percussionist Freddie Waits, died when Waits was 18.[1]

Before pursuing a music career, Waits studied psychology and history at Morehouse College in Atlanta. He also holds a degree from Long Island University in music. While he was studying at L.I.U, instructor Michael Carvin secured Waits a spot in the percussion ensemble M'Boom, started by his father (Freddie Waits) and drummer Max Roach in 1970.

Waits's longstanding projects include Jason Moran & The Bandwagon, a trio with Moran, Waits, and Tarus Mateen;[2] Tarbaby, a trio with Eric Revis and Orrin Evans;[3] and his band Equality.[4]

Waits has recorded or performed with Fred Hersch, Antonio Hart, Joe Lovano, Jason Moran, Andrew Hill, Ron Carter, Tony Malaby, Bunky Green, William Parker, Eddie Gómez, Casimir Liberski, John Medeski, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Mark Turner,[5] and Amir ElSaffar.[6]

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy caused massive flooding in the basement Westbeth studio Waits had inherited from his father in 1989.[7]

In 2020, his group Nasheet Waits By Sea, a quartet with Nduduzo Makhathini, Immanuel Wilkins, Rashaan Carter, opened the Winter Jazzfest’s Manhattan Marathon.[8][9]

Selected discography[edit]

As a leader[edit]

  • Equality (Fresh Sound Records, 2008)
  • Between Nothingness and Infinity (Laborie, 2016)

As sideman[edit]

With Ralph Alessi

With Dave Douglas

With Antonio Hart

  • For Cannonball and Woody (RCA/Novus, 1993)
  • All We Need (Downtown, 2004)

With Tony Malaby

  • Tamarindo (Clean Feed, 2007)
  • Somos Agua (Clean Feed, 2014)
  • Palomo Recio (Clean Feed, 2016)

With Jason Moran

With Armen Nalbandian

  • Quiet As It's Kept (Blacksmith Brother Music, 2011)
  • The Holy Ghost (Blacksmith Brother Music, 2018)
  • Fire Sign (Blacksmith Brother Music, 2018)
  • Live in Little Tokyo Vol. I (Blacksmith Brother Music, 2018)
  • Live in Little Tokyo Vol. II (Blacksmith Brother Music, 2018)
  • Ghosts (Blacksmith Brother Music, 2019)
  • Live on Sunset (Blacksmith Brother Music, 2019)

With Tim Berne

  • The Coandă Effect (Relative Pitch, 2020)
  • Tangled (Screwgun, 2022)

With Tarbaby

  • Tarbaby (Imani, 2009)
  • The End of Fear (Posi-tone, 2010)
  • Ballad of Sam Langford (Hipnotic, 2013)
  • Fanon (RogueArt, 2013)
  • Dance Of The Evil Toys (Clean Feed, 2022)

With others



  1. ^ a b Ratliff, Ben (15 October 1999). "CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; Propelled by Different Drummers". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 February 2023.
  2. ^ Chinen, Nate (16 December 2010). "Renewal, the Sensual and Fraught Candor". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 February 2023.
  3. ^ Chinen, Nate (4 September 2013). "In an Unknown Territory With a Sense of Mission". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 February 2023.
  4. ^ "Jan. 6 — 12". The New York Times. 4 January 2013. Retrieved 7 February 2023.
  5. ^ "Biography: Nasheet Waits". Retrieved 26 July 2012.
  6. ^ Tsioulcas, Anastasia (3 July 2013). "Amir ElSaffar & Two Rivers: Golden Sound In A Gleaming Space". WUWM. NPR. Retrieved 7 February 2023.
  7. ^ Satow, Julie (24 March 2014). "Storm Damaged Their Art, and Now It May Take Their Studio Space". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 February 2023.
  8. ^ Russonello, Giovanni (20 January 2020). "What Winter Jazzfest Says About Where the Music Is Going in 2020". The New York Times. Retrieved 7 February 2023.
  9. ^ "2020 NYC Winter Jazzfest Lineup". Winter Jazzfest. Retrieved 7 February 2023.

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