"An ambitious and daring composer... (who has) come up with a distinctive synthesis of modern  jazz, and contemporary orchestral music... his guitar solo on 'Strive' leaves a hunger to hear more."




Richard Nelson's "Deep River" CD, featuring the Aardvark Jazz Orchestra, Available Now at CD Baby, with CD release concerts at Bowdoin College and Scullers Jazz Club.      Read more...


Richard Nelson is a composer and guitarist who fosters a healthy creative interplay between the in-the-moment spontaneity of improvisational explorations and the more deliberately organized realms of composition.  His numerous projects, including the New York City-based large ensemble Tim O’Dell/Richard Nelson and PURSUIT and his Maine-based Imaginary Ensemble, defy categorization with programs that can range from fully-composed pieces and progressive jazz (and improvised music of all sorts) to straight-ahead jazz and music that draws freely across the rock/pop/folk/blues spectrum.   Equal parts fun, serious, and zany.



Upcoming Shows

  • Oct 8
    Scullers Jazz Club,  Boston
  • Nov 14
    MIT Killian Hall,  Cambridge
  • Dec 5
    Newton South High School,  Newton
  • Dec 12
    Emmanuel Church,  Boston