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Alva Nelson is a multi-faceted musician who performs and creates music that is diverse, sophisticated and exhilarating. As a producer his credits include two recent projects for Ms. Dorothy Leigh. Alva wrote three songs for Ms. Leigh’s “A Second Chance” (Whitley Productions, Inc.), a compilation of ten original songs, all arranged for Nelson’s 17-piece orchestra. In stark contrast, “Intimate Moments” is a beautiful collection of jazz standards featuring Nelson’s piano and Leigh’s vocals in ten duets. Alva Nelson’s, latest release, “Soul Eyes”(Kilosi Keys Music), is an amalgam of standards & original compositions presented in solo, duet & quartet forms. Alva produced Juanita Flemings’ “I Come to You”, which is a Gospel/Jazz Hybrid highlighting his arranging skills and Ms. Fleming’s songwriting ability. Ms. Fleming also contributed five songs to Dorothy Leigh’s “A Second Chance”. Mr. Nelson’s arrangement of Stevie Wonder’s “Send One Your Love” on Robin Eubanks’ “Karma” (Polydor Records), and the single, “Another Chance to Give” by Genie Swinson (for the New York City Organ Donor Foundation) are other examples of Alva Nelson’s musical creativity. As a sideman, he has recorded with Lonnie Plaxico, Charley Gerard, Bubbha Thomas & the Lightmen. As a pianist, Nelson has performed with Lightnin’ Hopkins, Kirk Whalum, David “Fathead” Newman, Arnett Cobb, Tramaine Hawkins, Phyllis Hyman, Regina Belle, Eddie Harris, Martha Wash, The Chantells, and Chuck Jackson. Alva has been musical director (and/or Asst MD) for regional theatre productions including “Ain’t Misbehavin’”, “Sam Cooke, Forever Mr. Soul,” “Violet” “A Brief History of White Music” “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”, “…Love, Langston”, “If This Hat Could Talk”, “Black Broadway” and other shows as a pit musician. Visit Alva at: www.alvanelson.com.

 
Studio Location
2 Gallows Hill Rd
Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567
 
Phone
(917) 656-0273
 
 
Website
www.alvanelson.com