Location: Rockland County, NY
- Nelson is completing his Masters Degree in Music at New Jersey City University.
Nelson has taught Beginner to Intermediate Group guitar to students from ages 9-12 and adults and has also taught private lessons and Jazz Ensembles. He also worked for an Outreach program as a Teaching Artist running guitar classes in Middles schools throughout Washington Heights and Harlem.
New York based guitarist Nelson R. is part of an emerging force of a new generation of Contemporary Latin-Jazz artists. His latest recording ‘The Latin Side of Wes Montgomery” on ZOHO Music reached to #2 on Jazz Week and was the #7 most played Jazz CD on from the Top 100 in the US in 2021. Nelson took several of the guitarists’ compositions and arranged them in different Latin and Caribbean rhythms creating a new fresh sound on Wes’ music. In making this terrific album Nelson wanted to collaborate with the very best musicians: Hector Martignon (piano), a two-time Grammy nominee, Grammy winner Mark Walker (drums), Andy McKee (bass) and Jonathan Gomez (percussion).
His group has performed at The Iridium, Zinc Bar, 55 Bar, The Bar Next Door, The Side Door, Minton’s, Maureen’s Jazz Cellar, Edgewater Music & Arts Festival, The Long Island Winter Fest Jazz On The Vine, Miami and festivals throughout the tri-state area as well as a tour of Colombia.
Nelson has performed and recorded with Grammy nominated pianist Hector Martignon, Grammy winning musicians; John Benitez, Mark Walker, Samuel Torres, Luis Bonilla, Jeff Tain Watts, Regina Carter, Alfredo De La Fe, Jeremy Wall of Spyro Gyra, ‘Charles Ives For Jazz Orchestra’ conducted and arranged by Dr. Jack T. Cooper of the University of Tennessee featuring: Billy Drewes, Scott Wentholt, Jim Seeley, John Mosca, Ivan Renta and Vince Cherico.
His debut recording titled ‘Camino Al Barrio’ peaked at #8 on the Jazz Week World Music Chart. He was nominated among his peers as ‘Next Best Generation Artist’ and ‘Best Latin Jazz Guitar’ for the 2010 Latin Jazz Corner Best of The Year Awards.