Born in Phoenix, Arizona, Lewis Nash developed an early interest in music and began playing drums at age ten. By the time he was 21 Nash had become the "first call" jazz drummer in Phoenix, working with Sonny Stitt, Art Pepper, Red Garland, Lee Konitz, Barney Kessell, and Slide Hampton during their engagements in the city. His impressive discography includes projects with jazz legends Dizzy Gillespie, Oscar Peterson, Hank Jones, John Lewis, Diana Krall, Joe Lovano, and Roy Hargrove. Demonstrating his stylistic diversity, Nash is also featured on recordings by Natalie Cole, Bette Midler, Nancy Wilson, George Michael and Willie Nelson, and has played on 10 Grammy winning recordings. In January 2017, Nash joined the faculty of Arizona State University's School of Music as Professor of Practice in the department of jazz studies. He is also Artist-in-Residence for the Brubeck Institute's Fellowship Program at University of the Pacific.
Venezuelan pianist and composer, Edward Simon, currently performs with the SFJazz Collective, and the Edward Simon Trio. Simon is considered one of the strongest pianist on the jazz scene, part of a new generation of "multilingual" musicians who have grown up studying classical, jazz and Latin-American music and who has garnered a unique voice both as composer and instrumentalist. Simon is currently Visiting Jazz Artist at Western Michigan University and is a 2014 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works grantee and will be creating a series of pieces titled House Numbers.