Steve Nelson (vibraphonist)

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Steve Nelson
Born (1954-08-11) August 11, 1954 (age 65)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
InstrumentsVibraphone, marimba
LabelsRed, HighNote, Sunnyside, Criss Cross
Associated actsDave Holland

Steve Nelson (born August 11, 1954 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 City area he has performed and recorded with many musicians, including Kenny Barron, Bobby Watson, Mulgrew Miller, David "Fathead" Newman, Johnny Griffin, and Jackie McLean.


As leader[edit]

Year recorded Title Label Notes
2017 Brothers Under The Sun HighNote Quartet, with Danny Grissett (piano), Peter Washington (bass), Lewis Nash (drums)
2007 Sound-Effect HighNote Quartet, with Mulgrew Miller (piano), Peter Washington (bass), Lewis Nash (drums)
2004 Fuller Nelson Sunnyside As Full Nelson
1999 New Beginnings TCB Quartet, with Mulgrew Miller (piano), Peter Washington (bass), Kenny Washington (drums)
1989 Live Session: Volume 1 Red Quintet, with Bobby Watson (alto sax), Donald Brown (piano), Curtis Lundy (bass), Victor Lewis (drums); in concert
1989 Live Session: Volume 2 Red Quintet, with Bobby Watson (alto sax), Donald Brown (piano), Curtis Lundy (bass) Victor Lewis (drums); in concert
1989 Full Nelson Sunnyside Trio, with Kirk Lightsey (piano), Ray Drummond (bass)
1987–89 Communications Criss Cross Quartet, with Mulgrew Miller (piano), Ray Drummond (bass), Tony Reedus (drums)

As sideman[edit]

With Arkadia Jazz All Stars

  • Thank You, Joe!

With Kenny Barron

With Donald Brown

With Cyrus Chestnut

With Billy Drummond

With Ray Drummond

With Dave Holland

With Geoff Keezer

With Jonny King

  • Notes from the Underground (1996, Enja)

With Mulgrew Miller

With David "Fathead" Newman

With Houston Person

With Chris Potter

With James Spaulding

With Chip White


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