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Josh Nelson: The Sky Remains

Read "The Sky Remains" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Josh Nelson has seen quite a bit in recent times, diving deep into the human psyche with singer Sara Gazarek, moving through inner spaces with vibraphonist Tyler Blanton, exploring retrofuturistic realms inspired by the writings of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, and touching down on Mars for a thorough musical exploration of the Red Planet. So where could he possibly want to go after traveling so far and wide with his pen and piano? Right back home, of course. With ...

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Josh Nelson: Exploring Mars

Read "Exploring Mars" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Exploring Mars is fueled by a love of science fiction, intellectual inquisitiveness, and musical inventiveness of the highest order. Pianist Josh Nelson, initially inspired by the landing of the Curiosity rover on Mars in the summer of 2012, put together a project that's musically expansive and wholly unique: It's safe to say that he's the first person to tie together author Ray Bradbury's writings, original music that ranges from the friendly to the far-out, tributes to four rover landings, and ...

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Josh Nelson: Exploring Mars

Read "Exploring Mars" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Mars, the forth planet from the sun--that blood red star arcing across the sky--has been investigated by many in the arts. Before NASA landed four rovers on the red planet's surface, science fiction writers took up the task of exploring our planetary neighbor: Edgar Rice Burroughs with his fantastic Barsoom series, beginning with Princess of Mars (1917), Ray Bradbury with the poetic Martian Chronicles (1950), and Kim Stanley Robinson with his superb, adventurous and scientifically fact-based Red Mars (1993 are ...

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Josh Nelson: Discoveries

Read "Discoveries" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Nothing fuels the creative impulses like the art of discovery. A new chord voicing can unlock a door to a different world, and different rhythmic permutations can prove to be an endless source of inspiration, but discovering these things and utilizing them to good effect are two different things. Few artists can see the world through the eyes of the uninitiated while writing with the intellect of the musical elite, but pianist Josh Nelson is one of them.

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Take Five With Josh Nelson

Read "Take Five With Josh Nelson" reviewed by Josh Nelson

Meet Josh Nelson: Josh Nelson, born and raised in Southern California, maintains an active and creative schedule as a jazz pianist, composer, teacher, and recording artist. At 33 years old, he has already performed with some of the most respected names in jazz, including Natalie Cole, Anthony Wilson, Robert Hurst, Jeff Hamilton, Ralph Moore, Albert “Tootie" Heath, Seamus Blake, Matt Wilson, Sara Gazarek, Ernie Watts, Jack Sheldon, Tom Scott, Peter Erskine, Abe Laboriel, and Alex Acuna, to name ...

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Josh Nelson Trio: Half Moon Bay, CA, February 20, 2011

Read "Josh Nelson Trio: Half Moon Bay, CA, February 20, 2011" reviewed by Bill Leikam

Josh Nelson TrioDouglas Beach HouseHalf Moon Bay, CAFebruary 20, 2011 Opening the concert, club owner Pete Douglas announced that in its February issue, the editorial staff of Downbeat Magazine had chosen the Douglas Beach House (a.k.a. the Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society) as one of the top 150 internationally known great jazz venues. This honor is bolstered by the quality of the jazz musicians who are booked there, like the Josh Nelson Trio with ...

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Josh Nelson: Let It Go

Read "Let It Go" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

A man is standing in the middle of the city while the traffic passes by. Eyes half closed. Tie blowing in the air. Later there's a change of scene. The man is now inside an apartment and he is standing in front of a window. Eyes totally closed.

The man is the young jazz pianist and composer Josh Nelson and the scenes described are the cover photographs for his debut, Let It Go.


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