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Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Ted Nash Quintet
(Ted Nash Website)

Ted Nash on Tenor Saxophone
Frank Kimbrough on Piano
Ray Drummond on Bass
Willie Jones III on Drums
Mike Rodriguez on Trumpet

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Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola
Broadway at 60th Street
(Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola Website)
Todd Barkan, Programming Director
Scott Thompson, Press

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
May 22, 2010

I was joined at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola for tonight’s third set by Marco Losavio, Publisher of, who had just flown into New York on business a few hours earlier. Dizzy’s Club is the perfect reunion destination, always filled with festive music and casual dining, and Ted Nash’s Quintet was brimming with buoyant musicality and panache. Ted Nash opened with a piece from his new Mancini Project, “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”, and his smooth sax solo was followed by Ray Drummond on bass and Willie Jones III’s skipping brushes. Drummond’s long riff was improvisational and tuned into the 1960’s motif, with Frank Kimbrough’s occasional chords enhancing the mood. Nash returned as Jones’ drums went wild in driven, pronounced rhythm.

The second piece was from Nash’s “Portrait in Seven Shades”, the Van Gogh segment. Kimbrough was featured on the glowing chords, while Mike Rodriguez appeared on sultry trumpet. Nash’s “Palace” followed, with brief, seamless blasts that stretched to powerful sound, including Kimbrough’s mesmerizing piano riff that engaged the sold-out crowd. “Still Evolved”, one of his CD title tunes, presented a persistent pulse with help from Rodriguez’ billowy brass. The momentum built like a chugging train, pulling the band together as they sped along. Drummond’s generous bass solo was again accompanied by brushes and piano chords.

Nash’s “Push” featured Jones on drums, building the beat like Ravel’s “Boléro”. Seamlessly the Quintet resounded with Big Band Swing, swelling and enveloping the crowd. Rodriguez let his trumpet open up, Nash switched to flute, and Latin tempos gave the audience something to remember. Rodriguez’ brass was faster and clearer now, while Nash improvised on fanciful flute. Jones’ drums were jumping.

Ted Nash on Saxophone
Ray Drummond on Bass
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower

Marco Losavio,,
at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
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Frank Kimbrough on Piano,
Ted Nash on Flute,
Ray Drummond on Bass
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower

Ted Nash, Ray Drummond,
Mike Rodriguez on Trumpet
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower

Todd Barkan, Programming Director,
Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, Marco Losavio, Ted Nash, Ivette Dumeng
Courtesy of Roberta E. Zlokower

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