Josh Nelson

Pianist and composer Josh Nelson maintains an active and creative schedule. He has performed with some of the most respected names in jazz, including Natalie Cole, Anthony Wilson, George Mraz, Jeff Hamilton, Walter Smith III, Dayna Stephens, Alicia Olatuja, Eddie Daniels, Ken Peplowski, Richard Galliano, Michael Buble, Benny Golson, Sheila Jordan, Greg Hutchinson, John Clayton, Seamus Blake, Matt Wilson, Sara Gazarek, Dave Koz, Joe Chambers, Kurt Elling, John Pizzarelli, and Lewis Nash.

Josh has performed around the world and recorded for numerous albums, films, and TV shows, but also makes time for his own projects: Anticipation (2004) and Let it Go (2007, Native Language Music) both garnered international critical acclaim. Josh’s third album, I Hear a Rhapsody (2009), featured his original compositions, standard interpretations, and re-imagining of some popular repertoire. Discoveries (2011), introduced a pairing of classic science fiction ephemera with new compositions for a brass and wind ensemble (featuring a live ongoing video projection and art installation component as well, called The Discovery Project). Exploring Mars (2015) explored musical themes on the Red Planet, along with spectacular NASA/JPL Martian video footage. Dream in the Blue (2016) documented Josh in an intimate duo setting with his longtime collaborator, vocalist Sara Gazarek. The Sky Remains (2017) delved into musical stories and themes originating from his hometown of Los Angeles. Two live albums have followed, The Discovery Project Live in Japan (2020) and live at blue whale volume 1 (2021).
Josh has earned many awards, scholarships and accolades over the years, some of which include the Louis Armstrong Award and the John Philip Sousa Award. In 2006, Josh was one of only twelve semi-finalists in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition.

Josh toured the world for 6 beautiful years with the legendary vocalist Natalie Cole. He continues to tour with artists Nicolas Bearde, Kenny Washington, Lorca Hart, Anton Schwartz, Allison Adams Tucker, Kathleen Grace, Gaby Moreno, Alicia Olatuja, Tom Scott, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Christian Howes.
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SB-004 Josh Nelson - Anticipation  album art Josh Nelson Anticipation (CD) Steel Bird Music SB-004 US 2004 Sell This Version
OMCZ-1025 Josh Nelson - Let It Go album art Josh Nelson Let It Go(CD, Album) Omagatoki OMCZ-1025 Japan 2007 Sell This Version
SB-005 Josh Nelson - I Hear a Rhapsody album art Josh Nelson I Hear a Rhapsody(CD) Steel Bird Music SB-005 US 2009 Sell This Version
SBM006 Josh Nelson - Discoveries album art Josh Nelson Discoveries(CD) Steel Bird Music SBM006 US 2011 Sell This Version
82687 Josh Nelson - Exploring Mars album art Josh Nelson Exploring Mars(CD) Origin Records 82687 US 2015 Sell This Version
RPOZ-10011 Josh Nelson - Duo album art Sara Gazarek + Josh Nelson Sara Gazarek + Josh Nelson - Duo(CD, Album) Core Port RPOZ-10011 Japan 2015 Sell This Version
SBM0006 Josh Nelson - Dream In The Blue album art Sara Gazarek & Josh Nelson Sara Gazarek & Josh Nelson - Dream In The Blue (Album) Steel Bird Music SBM0006 US 2016 Sell This Version
82741 Josh Nelson - The Sky Remains album art Josh Nelson The Sky Remains(CD, Album) Origin Records 82741 2017 Sell This Version
SB-010 Josh Nelson - Tomorrow is Not Promised album art Josh Nelson, Bob Bowman (3) Josh Nelson, Bob Bowman (3) - Tomorrow is Not Promised(CD) Steel Bird Music SB-010 US 2022 Sell This Version


SBM-009 Josh Nelson - Live at Bluewhale | Volume 1 album art Josh Nelson Live at Bluewhale | Volume 1(CD) Steel Bird Music SBM-009 USA, Canada & Europe 2021 Sell This Version