Co-founder of YAVAZ,Nelson was a guitarist and a singer back in the 1960's in Tijuana in some of the most popular nightclubs like Mike's Bar, The Aloha & The Blue Note. His band played in concert with a then up and coming band called Chicago Transit Authority. After years in retirement he became a percussionist. Soon after he was playing with at the Puerto Vallarta Jazz Festival with such notables at Poncho Sanchez, Mongo Santa Maria and Dave Valentine. Nelson also performed on several tracks of the Emmy award winning Liquid Stage soundtrack. For the past 10 years, Yavaz has been playing concerts throughout the Southern CA area, Arizona and Las Vegas.