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Alva Nelson

Primary Instrument: Piano

Alva Nelson

Alva Nelson

Playing a pianist in hip current TV shows, “Gossip Girls” or “Lipstick Jungle”, or leading his own jazz trio, engaging in a musical conversation with his band mates”and his audience, is what Alva Nelson does. Pianist and composer Alva Nelson has played the Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Festival and led his own group at NYC’s Blue Note. He has performed with Lightnin’ Hopkins, Kirk Whalum, David “Fathead” Newman, Arnett Cobb, Phyllis Hyman, Regina Belle, and Eddie Harris”to name just a few. Nelson has traveled the globe accompanying the Boys’ Choir of Harlem, received multiple honors (from the NEA, IAJE and others) and was awarded three Meet the Composer commissions (most recently for a performance of his multidiscipline African ensemble at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival.) However, despite the accolades, global experience, and wide-ranging background, Alva Nelson is most at home when he is seated at the piano....
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Awards

• National Endowment for the Arts Study Fellowships 1976/1980 • International Association of Jazz Educators 1976/1977 • Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition 1989 • The Composers Guild 1983/1985/1987 • Meet The Composer 1983/1997

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Primary Instrument:
Piano

Location:
Cortlandt Manor, NY

Willing to teach:
Beginners

Credentials/Background:
Hours 3p-9p M-F $80. per hour

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