Born: August 1, 1978
With his fifth album as a leader, Los Angeles-based pianist- composer-arranger Josh Nelson continues to broaden his scope with a fresh and wholly personal take on the jazz tradition. Brimming with stimulating ideas and chock-full of sterling solos from his very capable crew of trumpeter Dontae Winslow, trombonist Alan Ferber, bass clarinetist Bran Walsh, guitarist Larry Koonse, bassist Dave Robaire and drummer Dan Schnelle, Discoveries sets the bar higher than Nelson’s previous acclaimed outings—2007’s Let It Go and 2009’s I Hear A Rhapsody.
Already an accomplished pianist (he was a 2006 Thelonious Monk Competition semi-finalist), Nelson is emerging as a promising composer-arranger on the West Coast scene. And while his solo piano meditations on Discoveries may invite comparisons to Brad Mehldau and Ethan Iverson, his writing throughout this ambitious release ranks alongside the work of such East Coast counterparts as Darcy James Argue and John Hollenbeck. A great admirer of composer-arrangers like Maria Schneider and Bob Brookmeyer, Nelson aspires to that lofty level with some very thoughtful and evocative writing on Discoveries....
AwardsLouis Armstrong Award, John Philip Sousa Award, numerous "Outstanding Soloist Awards" at music competitions from around the country. $10,000 Tom Talbert Scholarship. Josh has also been a member of many honor groups, including the SCSBOA Honor Jazz Band, the SCSBOA All- Stars, and the Grammy Band. Most recently, he was one of 12 semi-finalists in the prestigious International Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition which was held in Washington D.C. in 2006.
DiscoveriesSteel Bird Music
Let It GoNative Language
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