RAVENSCROFT JAZZ SERIES – Lewis Nash & Friends
The Valley’s own Lewis Nash is recognized universally among the great drummers in jazz history. Nash, whose career spans more than four decades, has appeared on more than 500 recordings, 10 of which won Grammys. He is the only musician in jazz history featured on Grammy winners in both “Best Jazz Vocal” and “Best Jazz Instrumental” albums.
Ravenscroft Jazz Series is extremely proud to present its inaugural season with a concert headlined by Nash, along with Ralph Moore on tenor saxophone, Steve Nelson on vibraphone, Michael Weiss on piano and Nat Reeves on bass.
A native of Phoenix, Nash went to New York City in 1981 at age 22 and gained international recognition with vocalist Betty Carter’s trio as they traveled the world. He later would tour, record and perform with a “who’s who” of jazz royalty, including Oscar Peterson, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz and Wynton and Branford Marsalis. In 2017, Nash joined the Arizona State University faculty as the Bob and Gretchen Ravenscroft Professor of Practice in Jazz. The Lewis Nash Scholarship Endowment is awarded annually to a jazz-performance student.