Grammy Award-Winning Artist Ted Nash enjoys an extraordinary career as a
performer, conductor, composer, arranger and educator. Born in Los Angeles,
Nash’s interest in music started at an early age, exposed to music and
encouraged by his father, trombonist Dick Nash, and uncle, reedman Ted Nash,
both well-known studio and jazz musicians. Nash has that uncanny ability to mix
freedom with substance, blues with intellect, and risk-taking with clarity. He is a
co-founder of the New York-based Jazz Composers Collective, a musician-run,
non-profit innovative entity dedicated to presenting the original works of
composers pushing the boundaries of their self-expression. Nash is also a longstanding
member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, with Wynton Marsalis.
Nash first came to New York at the age of eighteen and soon after released his
first album as a leader, Conception (Concord Jazz). During his first three years
in New York he became a regular member of the Gerry Mulligan Big Band, the
National Jazz Ensemble, and the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, the latter an
association that would last for ten years.
Nash has become one of the most significant jazz composers of the 21st
century. His recordings have appeared on the “best-of” lists in The New York
Times, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, and The Boston Globe. Nash’s first
commission by the JLCO, “Portrait in Seven Shades,” was recorded by the
Orchestra and released in February, 2010. This recording has been credited by
Ted Panken in Downbeat Magazine as marking a new direction for the
Orchestra, and garnered two Grammy nominations. His following big band
album, Chakra, received critical acclaim and charted on Billboard.
Receiving two Grammy® Awards in 2017, Presidential Suite is Nash’s most
significant work. Inspired by great political speeches of the 20th century dealing
with the theme of freedom, it is rich with social and political awareness. It also
involved a very creative approach; Nash transcribed the speeches for their
actual musical pitches and created themes, placing them into contexts that
embraced the speakers and the location and era of the speeches.
“To call ‘Presidential Suite’, the new album by the Ted Nash Big Band, ambitious
is an understatement…In words and music, Ted Nash delivers a timely message
of hope and inspiration…” – Jazziz
In 2017 Nash received the Composer of the Year award by the Jazz Journalists
Musical gear/ equipment used by the artists:
- Beechler Mouthpieces
- D’addario reeds.