Dave Nelson's parents were both musicians, his mother a pianist and his father a trombone player. He started his professional career in Seattle at age 19. In his early 20's he opened for Eddie Peabody, Jack Ross, the Gay 90's show in Tacoma, Wash. He appeared on the Katherine Wise Televsion show and also the Moore Theater. Dave played often with Dave Friesen and also with Bob Pelland of the Phoenix Jazzers. Within the last few years Dave has opened for Bobby Hutcherson, John Stetch, Macio Parker and has also opened for The Temptations.
He is known in New York city for his technical and lyrical playing.
Saskatoon's Dave Nelson is considered by many to be on of the top trumpet players in Saskatchewan. The Saskatoon Jazz Society.
Music was always in my heart. The Star Phoenix