Jayna Nelson

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Born: March 16, 1958    Primary Instrument: Flute

Jayna Nelson was born in Lincoln, Nebraska and began to study piano as soon as she could reach the keyboard. At age 9 she began to study the flute as well and by age 17 had won both the Baldwin Junior Keyboard award and the l Music Teachers' National Association Competition.

She graduated from the University of Toronto in Flute Performance where she studied with Louis Moyse, Andre Jaunet and Jeanne Baxtresser. For the next two years, she served on the faculty at University of Toronto teaching chamber music. There she also premiered a work by Mario Davidovsky: Synchronism #1 for Flute & Electronic Tape under the direction of the composer. She also was principal flutist with the Union College Orchestra, the Wesleyan College Orchestra, Opera Omaha Orchestra and Symphony Canada....
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JAYNA NELSON With JOHN ESPOSITO/MATT SHULMAN/FRANCOIS MOUTIN/PETER O'BRIEN - Bloom Of Creation (Sunjump CD 09; USA). Like every other disc that I've heard on Esposito's Sunjump label, this one is another unrecognized gem. features some amazing flute and piano interplay with equally strong rhythm section work. . Throughout this disc the all five members of this solid quintet engage each other and play slow-burning restraint, solos unfolding carefully and consistently intense interaction. Hopefully we will get a chance to hear flutist Jayna Nelson playing around the town in the not-too-distant future. - Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

John Esposito - A Book Of Five Rings - Sunjump Records 
Jayna Nelson - Bloom Of Creation - Sunjump Records 
Tani Tabbal/Rasoul Siddik/Jaribu Shahid/Jayna Nelson - Untitled Upcoming Release 
Marilyn Crispell/Jayna Nelson - Soul Suitcase (score for film by Paul DiStephano) Fred Hand/Jayna Nelson - A Psalm Of Thanksgiving - Cherry Lane Music
Peter Blum - Singing Bowls And One - Inside/Outside
Dog on Fleas - Beautiful World
Jeanne Namitz - We Owe The Grave Many A Day
Marilyn Crispell - Vignettes -ECM (Composition only: Cuida Tu Espiritu)


Jeff Marx - Treading Air Breathing Fire- Naugual
Fred Hand - Solos For Guitar-Willow Music 
Jeanne Namitz - We Owe The Grave Many A Day (also arranger) 
Jayna Nelson - Bloom Of Creation- Sunjump 
Jayna Nelson - Kidcelebration- personalized name tapes-songs for children (composer and lyricist) 

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Woodstock,, NY

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Beginners to professionals have experienced Jayna's innovative teaching techniques. She teaches piano, flute and piccolo and a "foundations of music" course from her private studio. "...anyone who experiences Jayna's work at any level would be fortunate indeed. I can only hint at the results possible." Joe Giardullo "

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John Esposito Book of Five Rings Marilyn Crispell -Cuida tu Espiritu
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Sunjump Records (2009)

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