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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Cortlandt Manor, NY

Willing to teach



Hours 3p-9p M-F $80. per hour


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