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Steve Nelson

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Steve Nelson born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is an American vibraphonist, and has been a member of Dave Holland’s Quintet and Big Band for over a decade. He graduated from Rutgers University with both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in music, and his teaching activities have included a position at Princeton University.[1] He has appeared at concerts and festivals worldwide and has made recordings as the leader of his own group. As a resident of the New York area he has performed and recorded with many great musicians including Kenny Barron, Bobby Watson, Mulgrew Miller, David “Fathead” Newman, Johnny Griffin and Jackie McLean.

Latest recording is Sound-Effect (2007), featuring pianist Mulgrew Miller, Peter Washington on bass, and on percussion Lewis Nash.

(2) Steve Nelson developed in the 1990s into one of the most promising of the vibraphonists around, influenced by Milt Jackson but gradually developing his own sound. After gigging with Grant Green in the early ’70s, Nelson picked up important experience playing with Kenny Barron, James Spaulding, Bobby Watson, and David “Fathead” Newman, and has played in a countless number of settings beginning in the ’90s. Nelson has recorded as a leader for Criss Cross, Red, Sunnyside, and TCB. Since the ’90s, he continued to record, releasing New Beginnings in 1999, Fuller Nelson in 2004 and Sound-Effect in 2007. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi

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