KENNETH NASH



Kenneth Nash is creating some of today's most rhythmically compelling music. Breaking out into a superbly syncopated realm all his own, this accomplished musician, composer, producer, arranger and author is building bridges of sound with compositions that unite numerous forms and idioms. Fusing jazz, pop, and world-music elements, he creates unique, vital, and inventive music. The impact of his music is as refreshing as the compositions themselves. His sounds pay no heed to formulas. They cross cultural and international boundaries. "What I'm doing is taking my musical influences: classical, Cuban, African, jazz, pop, funk and hip-hop and expressing them within the melodic musical language I've developed. Kenneth Nash heads up Nash Studio, Nash Productions, and Kenade Music Publishing Company. He has produced and created a wide variety of musical productions for himself, artists, and companies in the U.S. and Europe.





Kenneth Nash has performed or recorded on hundreds of records with such artists as the following:

Pointer Sisters
Weather Report
Herbie Hancock
Sergio Mendes
Dizzy Gillespie
Ahmad Jamal
Freddie Hubbard
Grover Washington Jr.
B.B.King
Bobby Hutcherson
Pharoah Sanders
Alice Coltrane
Bobby McFerrin
Roy Haynes
Ira Sullivan
Airto
Cannonball Adderly
John Handy
Kenny Burrell
Andy Narrell Group
Gary Bartz
Merle Saunders
Norman Connors
Andre Crouch
Walter and Edwin Hawkins
Tramaine Hawkins
Art Pepper
Johnny Griffin
Michael White
Patrice Rushen
Raoul DeSouza
Mel Martin and Listen
John Lee Hooker
J.J. Johnson
Dexter Gordon
Kenny Clark
Woody Herman
Stan Getz
Lionel Hampton
Sadao Watanabe


Kenneth has written and performed music for films, television and theatre including the following:
    NBC Special Events "Billion Dollar Movies" Soundtrack, Lee Mendelson, producer.
  • NBC Affiliate (KRON) Television Drama "Tell Pharoah", Kenneth Nash, musical director.
  • Jane Fonda's Caribbean Workout video.
  • Black Stallion, produced by Francis Ford Coppola, Kenneth composed and
  • performed four musical scores.
  • Arrangements & performance of music for radio & TV commercials.
  • Nash created special music for designer Laurel Burch.






Kenneth has done extensive teaching in the following areas:
  • Principles of Percussion (performance and instrument making) National Endowment of the Arts grant for private instruction.
  • Principles of Percussion, NEA, Artists in Residence, Arts-in-the-Schools Program, Rio Linda School District, CA
  • Principles of Afro-Cuban Drumming, Laney College
  • Principles of Hand-Drumming, Lone Mountain College,
  • Private instruction
  • Principles of Percussion, Mills College
  • Principles of Percussion & Improvisation, Visiting instructor, University of Melbourne, Australia.
  • Master classes and lecture demonstrations, USA, Germany, Spain, France and South Pacific.



Kenneth Nash has conceived and created eleven separate gospel album projects for Maranatha!/Word Records. Included are the I Am Messianic praise series (which has become the number one selling Messianic praise record of all times), as well as the Mehler/Nash Jazz Praise series.

Kenneth Nash endorses World Percussion by Remo, Paiste Cymbals and Gongs, Engelhart Bells and Percussion, Custom percussion by Rhythms, wireless microphones by Nady Systems and Po-Boy Drums and Percussion.

Kenneth is the author of RhythmsTalk, his current book, published in three languages by Advance Music, Rottensburg am Necker, Germany, with worldwide distribution. A gifted teacher, Rhythms Talk is a singularly unique concept Nash created to help students, at any level, learn how to create their own musical voice, stressing the aspect that music is a language.