Born in Los Angeles into a musical family (his father, Dick Nash, and uncle, the late Ted Nash Sr., were both well-known jazz and studio musicians), Ted 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.
A long-standing member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, with Wynton Marsalis, Nash has become one of the most significant jazz composers of the 21st century. His recordings have received wide critical acclaim, appearing on the “best-of” lists in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, and The Boston Globe. Portrait in Seven Shades, his first big band recording, garnered two GRAMMY nominations. His following big band album, Chakra, received critical acclaim and charted on Billboard.