Rhythm Is My Business is the title of his debit recording as a leader, and rhythm is a booming business as far as Lewis Nash is concerned. He is the drummer of choice for an incredible array of artists – from the masters of the music to the hottest young players of today – and is equally in demand as a clinician and educator.
Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Lewis developed an early interest in music and began playing drums at age ten. By age 18 he was performing with local jazz groups. By the time he was 21 Nash had become the “first call” jazz drummer in Phoenix, working with Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Red Garland, Lee Konitz, Barney Kessell, and Slide Hampton during their engagements in the city. In 1981 Nash moved to New York City and joined the trio of the great jazz vocalist Betty Carter. For nearly four years, he toured internationally with Ms. Carter. He is featured on three of her recordings, including the Grammy winning “Look What I Got.” World-renowned bassist Ron Carter hired Nash in 1984. As a member of Carter’s nonet, quintet, and quartet, Nash toured extensively and is featured on several of the bassist’s recordings. In the fall of 1986 saxophonist Branford Marsalis asked Lewis to join his quartet. That active association spanned two years and several continents, and is documented on Marsalis’ Grammy – nominated Random Abstract, as well as two videos: “Royal Garden Blues” (directed by Spike Lee) and “Branford Marsalis – Steep.”
Featuring North American Maple and exotic African Bubinga wood. The Celestial kit features Sakae’s new Chamber Specific Technology (CST) -- a ground-breaking process where each drum size receives a specific treatment to produce the most desired sound for that size shell. With the CST process, Sakae has successfully "Pre-Eq'd" each drum so that each speaks with it's ultimate musical tone.