The incomparable pianist, Josh Nelson brings a multimedia evening of music drawn from his latest CD, “Discoveries” to Boston Court. The concert is packed with nods to the vintage sci-fi of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne both in song titles, and the eye-catching film footage that illustrates the music. While, Josh’s unique compositional voice is grounded in the here and now, the ambitious program gives us a vision into the future of Jazz.
Josh Nelson - piano
Larry Koonse - guitar
Connor Mcelwain - trumpet
Eric Miller - trombone
Brian Walsh - bass clarinet
Dave Robaire - bass
Zach Harmon - drums
Vanessa Robaire- vocals
Travis Flournoy - video projections
Show begins at 8pm. Tickets $25/$20 for Seniors.
Jazz recording artist Josh Nelson has made an indelible impression on the International jazz scene. Josh performs with the most respected names in music, including Natalie Cole, Ralph Moore, Christian McBride, Anthony Wilson, Ernie Watts, Tom Scott, Alex Acuna, Abraham Laboriel, Seamus Blake, Jeff Hamilton, Graham Dechter, Matt Wilson, Jack Sheldon, Peter Erskine, Robert Hurst, Queen Latifah, and Sara Gazarek.
He has recorded five albums under his name. First Stories (1998) "...solid and confident musicianship, with an innate sense of swing and rhythm." - Mac McDonald., Anticipation (2004) an exploration of original compositions, Let it Go (2007), the critically acclaimed release on the jazz label Native Language Music, I Hear a Rhapsody (2009), displays Josh’s strong original voice, daring interpretations of standards, and reinventions of rock tunes.
His latest work, Discoveries (2011), showcases original compositions for the trio augmented by added winds, voice and guitar, inspired by albums like Herbie Hancock's Speak Like a Child, The Prisoner and Andrew Hill's Point of Departure. Josh's original music draws from a wealth of experience and influences but it is firmly planted in the classic jazz tradition.
His mentors include jazz pianist Cecilia Coleman, Buddy Collette, Bill Cunliffe, Alan Pasqua, Putter Smith, and Benny Green. Josh is the recipient of countless honors, awards, and scholarships including the Louis Armstrong Award, the John Phillip Sousa Award, and he was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition.
“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