Feature Friday with Josh Nelson
I don’t know about you, but this week seems to have gone by very slowly. The constant weather changes can really put my body in a funk, but alas, it is finally Friday! We made it! It is finally the end of the week, and hopefully, the sun is shining, and the rain will go away. But even if dark clouds come your way, don’t worry, we have something that’ll brighten you weekend … a Feature Friday with pianist-composer-bandleader Josh Nelson!
But first, a little more about Josh. Born and raised in Southern California, he produced his first independent album at only age 19. And he didn’t stop there—he went on to produce seven more albums. One of his latest albums, The Sky Remains,blends narrative and music to tell a story about the city of LA. Nelson has also worked with many famous musicians, like legendary vocalist Natalie Cole, with whom he toured worldwide for six years.
Now, time to learn some more about this talented and fascinating artist …
If you are not playing jazz, what is your favorite music to play?
I also enjoy playing R&B, classical, and Brazilian music.
If you were a song, which would you be and why?
Probably “The Age of Not Believing,” which is a Sherman Brothers song from the 1971 Disney film Bedknobs and Broomsticks. It’s a classic song to me—wonderful melody, lyric and harmony!
Do you have a favorite place to vacation?
Palm Springs, California!
Who is your dream collaboration (living or legend)?
With visionary Herbie Hancock; he inspires me so much.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
You can always make more money, but you can’t get the time back, so use that wisely!