Jazz Unlimited for November 17, 2019 will be “The Career of Drummer Lewis Nash.” Born in 1958 in Phoenix, Arizona, Nash was a professional by 1976. He moved to New York in 1981 and has become one of the most recorded drummers in jazz, even surpassing the recordings of Art Blakey and Max Roach, according to the Tom Lord Discography. We will present about five percent of his recorded output on Jazz Unlimited. Nash is a drummer for all styles and seasons, being equally at home in styles that range from swing to bebop, hard bop, free bop and structured abstract improvisation. We will feature him with vocalists Vanessa Rubin, Kevin Mahogany and Karrin Allyson, pianists Oscar Peterson, Johnny O’Neal and Tamir Hendelman, big bands led by Jimmy Heath, Gerald Wilson, Slide Hampton and Joe Henderson, and jazz giants Scott Hamilton, Gene Harris, Tommy Flanagan, George Adams, McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano and Jim Hall, among others.
Some of my images of the musicians on this show are available in the Slide Show.
Here is Lewis Nash giving a master class at the Atlantic Jazz Festival in 2010.