"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."

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"... a masterful suite by composer/guitarist Richard Nelson that merges jazz and American folk music." --Boston Globe

"... an atmospheric large jazz group setting worthy of Gil Evans." --Cadence

 

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 Makrokosmos Orchestra 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

Mar1

“Our Big Band” - Music of Steve Grover, arr. by Nelson and several others.

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SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, ME 04101

Join OURBIGBAND, pianist Frank Carlberg, and a who’s who of the seacoast / Maine jazz scene in celebrating the life and music of Maine drummer / composer / educator Steve Grover. Grover, a Maine native and no stranger to The Press Room, was a versatile and in demand drummer, a winner of the 1994 Thelonious Monk Institute’s Composer Competition, and was widely known and respected for his talents, from New England to NYC and throughout the USA. A born teacher, a friend to many in the area, and colleague and mentor to many OBB members – Grover’s personality, his musicianship, and his compositions have left an indelible mark on all who knew him. Steve Grover passed suddenly in 2016 after a brief battle with cancer. Frank Carlberg, Richard Nelson, OURBIGBAND, and a host of guest composers will pay tribute to their friend and mentor by adapting Grover’s small group compositions for the large jazz orchestra.

$15 advance | $20 day of show | $10 for SPACE members & students