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Grammy-nominated artist Ted Nash
enjoys an extraordinary career as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger and educator. Born in Los Angeles into a musical family (his father, Dick Nash, and uncle, the late Ted Nash, were both well-known jazz and studio musicians), Nash blossomed early, a “young lion” before the term became marketing vernacular. Nash has that uncanny ability to mix freedom with accessibility, blues with intellect, and risk-taking with clarity. Many of Nash’s recordings have received critical acclaim, appearing on the “best-of” lists in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, and The Boston Globe. His album Portrait in Seven Shades was recorded by the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and was released in 2010. The album is the first composition released by the JLCO featuring original music by a band member other than bandleader Wynton Marsalis. The recording garnered two Grammy nominations. 

Recent Blog

I did an arrangement of Diana (pronounced “Gee-onna” Wayne corrected) from the 1974 release Native Dancer. It was a difficult piece to reimagine for a big band: finding a balance between the transparent sound and subtle implications of the original recording and the density (and sometimes lesser flexibility) of the big band was a challenge. But, as with all new arrangements, we are finding a way to let the music take shape during the rehearsal process. Mr. Shorter himself has been more than flexible. His ability to be truly in the moment is having a great affect on all of us.

Ted Nash uses reeds and mouthpieces.



Upcoming Performances

April 17-18 - JLCO at Rose Hall (NYC)
April 19 -
JLCO at the Kennedy Center (DC), performing The Presidential Suite
April 24 -
with Ben Allison at the Rubin Museum (NYC)
April 29 -
JLCO Spring Gala Rose Hall (NYC)
May 1 -
with Ben Allison at Kitano (NYC)
May 8 -
with The Herbie Nichols Project at Kitano (NYC)
May 9 -
JLCO at Rose Hall (NYC), Essentially Ellington Festival

Chakra CD Cover
Following the success of his previous big band album, Portrait in Seven Shades (garnering two GRAMMY nominations), Ted brings a new vision and creative expression to his latest recording, Chakra.

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All Things Considered
Downbeat Magazine
All About Jazz
Jazz Inside
Hot House Magazine
Truly Alive

Ted Nash plays

Berkeley flutes.