Ted Nash: “Maria”

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 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 Association.

Musical gear/ equipment used by the artists:

  • Beechler mouthpieces
  • D’Addario reeds