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Ted Nash

Ted Nash

While in Buenos Aires with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, multireedist Ted Nash and a few of his bandmates opted to check out the city’s cultural scene rather than head back to the hotel after a gig one night. By 1 a.m., the musicians turned up at a tango club where dance instructors spun old vinyl and taught an eight-step. For Nash, the dancing was fun but the music was a revelation.

“Its funny how a lot of times when you think of certain things, you think of the cliché of that thing,” says Nash. “I’m sure people in other countries have a clichéd image of what jazz is-smoke in a club-you know what I mean? I had a certain clichéd image of what the accordion sounded like, looked like, the people who played it, what they wore. Same with tango music. [Sings the slinky tango line everyone knows.] The passionate dancing and the rose in the teeth. You have a clichéd image of tango unless you’re open to it and explore it.”

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