Rebecca Nash is a bright light amongst the jazz musicians of her generation. Active as a performer, arranger, composer and educator, Rebecca leads her own originals project, ATLAS which features Nick Malcolm (trumpet), Tom Seminar Ford (guitar), Chris Mapp (bass), and Matt Fisher (drums). The band are set to record her debut album later this year.
Rebecca is also involved in various other ensembles, notably saxophonist Dee Byrne’s ENTROPI, currently touring the UK with their second album, Moment Frozen, recently released on Whirlwind Recordings. Other projects include Beats and Pieces trumpeter Nick Walters’ PARADOX ENSEMBLE, who are set to record their debut album in October 2017, singer SARA COLMAN’S latest project with Percy Pursglove and Steve Banks, as well as folk fusion ensemble FLEKD.
Rebecca was chosen for the TAKE FIVE talent development programme run by Serious in 2016/17. Recent musical highlights have included internationally renowned festivals such as Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Manchester Festival, London Jazz Festival, Bristol Jazz Festival, Cambridge Jazz Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Scarborough Jazz Festival, as well as many other jazz clubs nationwide such as Pizza Express Soho, The Vortex, The 606 Club, and the Southbank Centre.
Rebecca is also active as a jazz educator on a national level, currently working for The National Youth Jazz Collective, Birmingham Jazzlines, Birmingham Conservatoire, and she also holds a jazz piano teaching position at Bristol Cathedral Choir School. Rebecca is also a mentor for Cheltenham Festival’s latest pioneering educational outreach scheme, MUSICATE.
‘Its obvious that she’s going to be a star’ – (Julian Joseph)
‘Atlas is an excellent example of a band which is built on a foundation of interesting and exciting new British jazz music’ (Mary Wakelam, Jazzlines, Birmingham).
‘The inventive comping of Rebecca Nash (lurching between Alice Coltrane piano flourishes and scribbly textures on Fender Rhodes’ (The Guardian, John Lewis)
Atlas embodies the progressive energy of British jazz right now.” (Steve Mead, Artistic Director, Manchester Jazz Festival)