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Nasheet Waits is an American jazz drummer.
Son of legendary percussionist Freddie Waits, Nasheet is a New York native who has been active on the jazz scene since early in his life. Before pursuing a music career, he studied psychology and history at Morehouse College in Atlanta. Nasheet also holds a degree from Long Island University in music. While studying at L.I.U, instructor Michael Carvln secured Waits a spot in the percussion ensemble M'Boom, started by drummer Max Roach in 1970. Waits has recorded or performed with a myriad of talented musicians including Fred Hersch, Antonio Hart, Joe Lovano, Jason Moran, Andrew Hill, Bunky Green, William Parker, Eddie Gómez, Casimir Liberski, John Medeski, and Mark Turner. Waits currently resides in New York City.
- Ralph Alessi Baida ECM (2013)
- David Murray Be My Monster Love Motéma (2013)
- Armen Nalbandian Quiet, as it's Kept Blacksmith Brother (2011)
- Rob Brown Unknown Skies RogueArt (2011)
- Dave Douglas Spirit Moves (Greenleaf, 2009), United Front: Brass Ecstasy at Newport (Greenleaf, 2011), Rare Metal (Greenleaf, 2011)
- The Fred Hersch Trio, Night and the Music Palmetto (2007)
- Eddie Gomez Trio, Palermo Jazzeyes (2007)
- Luis Perdomo, Awareness RKM Music (2007)
- Jason Moran, Artist in Residence Blue Note (2007)
- Bunky Green, Another Place Label Bleu (2006)
- Jason Moran, Same Mother Blue Note (2005)
- Steve Davis, Meant To Be Criss Cross (2004)
- Antonio Hart, All We Need Downtown (2004)
- Jason Moran, The Bandwagon Blue Note (2003)
- Bojan Z, Transpacifik Label Blue (2003)
- Andrew Hill, A Beautiful Day Palmetto (2002)
- Turner, Dharma Days Warner Bros. (2001)
- Jason Moran, Black Stars Blue Note (2001)
- Orrin Evans, Blessed Ones Criss Cross (2001)
- Anthony Wonsey, Open the Gates Criss Cross (1999)
- Antonio Hart, For Cannonball and Woody RCA/Novus (1993)
Nasheet Waits like many of his jazz contemporaries before him, has secured a working nickname within the industry: Nasheet "Heavy" Waits.