The first time I was introduced to Ted Nash was in the mid 1990’s when I heard Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra perform Blood On The Fields in Chicago, IL. As a young trumpet player in the beginning stages of learning jazz music I came to hear the artistic director of the group. But, going to hear Jazz at Lincoln Center live became an annual tradition for a while.
For me, hearing that band live was better than watching the championship Chicago Bulls teams of the day and that’s saying a lot!
I began to learn and study the players in the band like most children would study athletes and their stats. I was able to identify each players style and sound . . . with my eyes closed! After all, I had serious hopes of being in the band one day!
Along the way, I discovered Ted Nash and how much of a MASTER he really is on his instrument!
A Part of Jazz History Forever
Ted was a part of jazz history when he was one of the members of the Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra for ten years beginning in 1982. Quite honestly he still is a part of jazz history and continues to write new chapters of this history with his work through Jazz at Lincoln Center.
One of those chapters is being written with the 12th release by Ted Nash as a band leader called The Presidential Suite (Motéma Records). This release is a special one and the timing of it is perfect with the 2016 presidential election right around the corner.
This album represents what is good about politics and deserves your attention.
In this Episode
You will hear Ted discuss some of these topics.
How the idea of Presidential Suite first came about
How Ted was able to write this piece while in the middle of tour
How he transcribed famous political speeches for melody and created songs from them
How he got special guest for the project including Deepak Chopra, Joe Lieberman and others
Advice for a successful music career and other topics