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Lewis Nash

Primary Instrument: Drums

Born: December 30, 1958    

Lewis Nash

Rhythm Is My Business” is the title of his debut recording as a leader, and rhythm is a booming business as far as Lewis Nash is concerned. He is the drummer of choice for an incredible array of artists - from the masters of the music to the hottest young players of today - and is equally in demand as a clinician and educator.

Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Lewis developed an early interest in music and began playing drums at age 10. By age 18, he was performing with local jazz groups. By the time he was 21, Nash had become the “first call” jazz drummer in Phoenix, working with Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Red Garland, Lee Konitz, Barney Kessell and Slide Hampton during their engagements in the city....
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”Perhaps the most talented drummer of his generation, equally effective in small group or big band.” —Ira Gitler, The Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz

“In Lewis Nash's drum patterns there was such acute attention to timbre and melodic grace that at times he sounded more as if he were playing composed lines on a vibraphone...” —Ben Ratliff, New York Times

  • It Don't Mean A Thing

    Sledgehammer Blues
    2004
  • Rhythm Is My Business

    Sledgehammer Blues
    1993

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