Nasheet Waits

Drummer/Music Educator


NASHEET WAITS, drummer/music educator, is a New York native. His interest in playing the drums was encouraged by his father, legendary percussionist, Frederick Waits. Nasheet’s college education began at Morehouse where he majored in history and psychology. He later gained a degree in music from Long Island University (LIU).
Throughout the 30 year span of his career Waits has boasted stints with some of the most notable musicians in the world. Long standing relationships with Andrew Hill, Jason Moran And The Bandwagon, Christian Mcbride and David Murray. Also within the last 15 years led his group, Equality, co-led Tarbaby with Eric Revis and Orrin Evans.
Amidst his performing, recording and touring activity, Nasheet is also a professor at New England Conservatory (NEC). Waits stresses a personal approach to the drums and music. True to his personal philosophy of the necessity to balance Tradition and Modernism. Nasheet is dedicated to exploring his role and creative path in music.