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“Josh is that rare young musician who has not only a wealth of study and experience under his belt (all but assuring him a prominent place in jazz music), but he also possesses those rarest of musical attributes: a touch, a tone, and a “sound” that are all identifiably his own.” — Peter Erskine, legendary drummer

Born and raised in Southern California, pianist-composer-bandleader Josh Nelson has performed with some of the most respected names in jazz, including Kurt Elling, John Pizzarelli, Benny Golson, Sheila Jordan, John Clayton, George Mraz, Jeff Hamilton, Dave Koz, Joe Chambers and Peter Erskine. Nelson toured with legendary vocalist Natalie Cole for six years and continues to tour with vocalists Gaby Moreno, Freda Payne, Alicia Olatuja, Sara Gazarek, accordionist Richard Galliano, saxophonist Tom Scott, multi-instrumentalist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and violinist Christian Howes. He taught jazz for four years at Soka University and more recently at Cal State University Northridge. In 2006, Nelson was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition.

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“Wonders never cease here, as Nelson's imagination carries us to unexpected places and uncovers topics and stories hidden in the mists and mortar of Los Angeles... he paints subtle gestures, sophisticated thoughts, and broad strokes…the end result is a work that speaks to an arranger's mind, a songwriter's sensibility, and a historian's eye… It's more than enough to keep the mind and emotions busy and happy.” —All About Jazz   “An impressionistic musical look at facets of L.A., this will open your ears to a jazzy, L.A. you probably never considered.” – Midwest Record

Jazz Review January 2008 By Paul J

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Primary Instrument

Piano

Location

Los Angeles

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Contact me at josh@joshnelsonmusic.com for more info!

Clinic/Workshop Information

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Discography

The Sky Remains

The Sky Remains

Origin Records
2017

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Exploring Mars

Exploring Mars

Origin Records
2015

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Discoveries

Discoveries

Steel Bird Music
2011

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I Hear a Rhapsody

I Hear a Rhapsody

Steel Bird Music
2009

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Let It Go

Let It Go

Native Language
2007

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Anticipation

Anticipation

Steel Bird Music
2004

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Bridges and Tunnels

Bridges and Tunnels

Josh Nelson
The Sky Remains

Bhutto Song

Bhutto Song

Josh Nelson
I Hear a Rhapsody

Dirigibles

Dirigibles

Josh Nelson
Discoveries

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