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Peter Nelson, a dynamic integrative performer, is a musical force of nature. After nurturing an early obsession with film scores he fell in love with jazz at age twelve. Spending a year post college in Michigan allowed Nelson to produce and record his second album as a leader. Soon after, he moved to Brooklyn, NY where he currently performs, composes, and teaches in a number of settings. As a composer, Nelson has amassed a body of work that includes everything from jazz to contemporary pop. His trombone playing has been hailed as “…a sweet, stutter shuttled virtuosity…”-Kitty Montgomery, Chamber Music America. Nelson’s projects as a leader range from straight ahead jazz to new singing in his new Americana songwriter trio, Road Julia.

His versatility as a performer has led to a wide variety of performances and recordings with artists such as John Hendricks, McCoy Tyner, Benny Golson, Jamie Cullum, Terence Blanchard, Christian McBride, Verve Pipe, Orrin Evans’ Captain Black Big Band, The Hudson Horns, Marianne Solivan, the Dan Pugach Nonet, Matt Wilson, Grupo Ayé, The George Gee Swing Orchestra, Fleur Seule, Valerie Ponomarev, Michael Dease Big Band, and a score of others.


  • Peter Nelson

    • “Peter Nelson is an exciting and creative trombonist making waves on the NYC jazz scene. If his name is on it, you know you are getting something good! With the music world brimming with talent more than ever, Peter’s one to keep an eye on.”
      Michael Dease, award-winning trombonist and educator

    • “Nelson has a sweet, stutter shuttled virtuosity on his valveless instrument of mystical musical astronomers, floating on deep rhythmic currents.”
      Kitty Montgomery, Chamber Music America

  • Ash, Dust, and the Chalkboard Cinema

    • “Peter Nelson has produced this magnificent tribute to his journey from dark days to brilliant light; from illness to health. His music celebrates that struggle. Nelson plays the trombone so swiftly, at times, that I am stunned by his agility on the instrument.”
      Dee Dee McNeil, Musical Memoirs (read full article)

    • “I’m not trying to pull out the hyperbole here, but that understatement reminds me of Miles Davis and his trumpet, the way he's able to evoke so much feeling in just a few notes.”
      Marc Philiips, The Vinyl Anachronist (read full article)



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