Ted Nash enjoys a career as a performer, conductor, composer, arranger, and educator. He was born in Los Angeles into a musical family (his father, Dick Nash, and uncle, the late Ted Nash, were both well-known jazz and studio musicians). Ted Nash is a co-founder of the New York-based Jazz Composers Collective, a musician-run, nonprofit innovative entity dedicated to presenting the original works of composers pushing the boundaries of self-expression. Nash is also 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 “best of” lists in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Village Voice, and The Boston Globe. Having received two Grammy Awards, Presidential Suite is Nash’s most significant work. Inspired by great political speeches of the 20th century dealing with the theme of freedom, it is rich with social and political awareness.