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Lewis Nash Quintet Live From Newport

Drummer Lewis Nash performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.
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Drummer Lewis Nash performs at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

Lewis Nash Quintet, Live In Concert: Newport Jazz 2012

August 5, 2012The drummer is certainly no stranger to prestigious festival stages, but is usually as a member of the supporting cast. An innovator within jazz traditions, Nash gets a share of the spotlight when he leads this classic quintet lineup.

Drummer Lewis Nash is certainly no stranger to prestigious festival stages; he's served in bands led by Betty Carter, Branford Marsalis and Tommy Flanagan. (And that was relatively early in his career, too.) So it's a great move to give the supporting cast member, who truly innovates within jazz traditions, a share of the spotlight. One of the bands he leads features the front line of Jeremy Pelt (trumpet) and Jimmy Greene (tenor sax); it's a classic quintet lineup, and it's the first on stage on day two at the 2012 Newport Jazz Festival.

Set List
  • "Teddy" (Bobby Hutcherson)
  • "Arioso" (James Williams)
  • "Eronel" (Thelonious Monk)
  • "I Never Told You" (Johnny Mandel)
  • "Ain't Nothin' Nu" (Thad Jones)
  • Lewis Nash, drums
  • Jeremy Pelt, trumpet
  • Jimmy Greene, tenor saxophone
  • Donald Vega, piano
  • Peter Washington, bass

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About The Festival

The Newport Jazz Festival, was founded by jazz pianist George Wein in 1954 as the first outdoor music festival of its kind devoted entirely to jazz, and is now universally acknowledged as the grandfather of all jazz festivals. For information on attending this year's Festival, visit their official website.

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