Pianist 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), Matt Fisher (drums) and Sara Colman on vocals. The band have just released their debut album Peaceful King on Whirlwind Records.
“Atlas embodies the progressive energy of British jazz right now.”
Steve Mead, Artistic Director, Manchester Jazz Festival
“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
Rebecca is also involved in various other ensembles, notably saxophonist Dee Byrne’s ENTROPI, who have currently just completed their second album tour of Moment Frozen which can be found on Whirlwind Recordings.
Other projects include Beats and Pieces trumpeter Nick Walters’ PARADOX ENSEMBLE, who have just recently released their debut album Awakening on 22a Records, singer SARA COLMAN’S latest project with Percy Pursglove, Jonathan Silk, Ben Markland and Steve Banks plus strings and special guests, as well as folk fusion ensemble FLEKD.
“It’s obvious that she’s going to be a star.” Julian Joseph
Rebecca was also chosen for the TAKE FIVE talent development programme run by Serious in 2017, and was last year made an Honorary Associate of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Other recent musical highlights have included live performance at Marsden Jazz Festival BBC Radio 3, as well as other internationally renowned jazz festivals such as Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, London Jazz Festival, Cambridge Jazz Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Scarborough Jazz Festival. Rebecca regularly performs at renowned UK jazz clubs such as Pizza Express Dean St, Ronnie Scott’s, 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.