Justin Nelson Jazz

Jazz Piano from Saint Louis, MO - Will travel up to 500 miles
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I provide beautifully executed, entertaining music for any event. I play music based in the jazz idiom but also branch out to classical music as well as Motown, r&b, latin music, pop covers, and funk if the occasion calls for it. Basically, I create an ambiance that is compelling as well as entertaining. I usually performs as a solo act, but can include other musicians as desired, forming a duo, trio, four piece, or even a five piece band. If you're looking for a wedding pianist, I also compose music especially for the bride and groom when given a bit of background about them (see song number two of my music selections to see an example), leaving you with a musical gift which you can always cherish.

Biography: Justin Nelson is a pianist born in Gainesville, Florida. He began studying the saxophone at age 12 and ever since has had an intense passion for music. He received his A.A. from Florida State University, with an emphasis in jazz saxophone performance and philosophy. During his time there he had the pleasure of learning from great musicians such as Chick Corea, Rufus Reid, Bill Peterson, Bill Kennedy, Leon Anderson Jr., Rodney Jordan, Scotty Barnhart, Doron Kima and Marcus Roberts.

Upon deciding to switch instruments to the piano, he then transferred to the University of Florida (UF) to pursue a degree in English. During this time Justin began studying the piano seriously and realized it was what he wanted to do with his life. He has had the pleasure of working with Gordon Goodwin and his Big Phat Band, including but not limited to: Wayne Bergeron, Eric Marienthal, Andy Martin, Sal Lozano, Bernie Dresel and Brian Bromberg. He has also had the pleasure of performing internationally in Paris and Prague. He stands on the shoulders of giants and recognizes the humble nature that is intrinsic to becoming great in the field of music.

Upon his graduation from UF, Justin then attended and graduated from a groundbreaking course in piano music-making and technique, entitled “Injury-Preventive Keyboard Technique,” created by world-renowned musician Barbara Lister-Sink. The three-year program helped him to free himself from physical limitations at the piano in order to allow his artistic ideas to flow freely. He is a certified teacher of the Lister-Sink Method and a fervent proponent of its principles.

Now, having performed and taught all over North Carolina for the past 9 years, Justin has moved to St. Louis to further pursue his career in music, excited for the opportunities and friendships this new area of the U.S. will bring.
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Wedding Ceremony

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I was the wedding planner for a client that needed a pianist for their wedding ceremony. I came across Justin on this website and he got back to me quickly, was always responsive, and was FANTASTIC on the wedding day. He was able to learn some last minute requests and my bride/groom were thrilled. Highly recommended.

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Nursing Home Event

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Corporate Function

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Justin was a delight to work with. He is very talented and very entertaining. We would definitely hire him again.

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Corporate Function

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Justin's music added just the right touch to our building opening event. We had lots of great comments from guests and staff about it. Everything was handled professionally and efficiently.

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Mother's Day Party

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Birthday Party (Adult)

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Mr Nelson is phenomenal! He is professional, talented, easy to work with and very friendly. He made a great host. He was very entertaining and he actually would play songs requested by my guests as they danced and sang along! He was relaxed, engaged and completely enjoying what he was doing. Every one was having a great time! The exquisite Mr. Nelson did not just play music, he provided an “experience.” As my guests put it, “Justin was the icing on the cake”

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Wedding Ceremony

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Justin was quick to respond, professional and incredibly talented.

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Justin Nelson Jazz’s Response:

Kevin! Thank you for challenging me to learn those new songs to personalize your ceremony. I played a wedding the next day and they loved XO by Beyoncè! Signed, Sealed, Delivered and Frank Ocean also went over well :) Cheers and have a great honeymoon!

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Private Party

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Justin did a great job at our gathering, talented, engaging, personable...Justin will be a valuable contribution to any party seeking a pianist

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Justin Nelson Jazz’s Response:

Thank you for your kind review, Louis, you're the man! I hope to see you again soon and wish the best for your and your family. I really enjoyed your daughter's harp playing!

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Graduation Party

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Mr. Justin Nelson was an immense blessing to have at our graduation party! Not only was he astronomically talented, kind, and accommodating, he played fabulous musical selections which truly enhanced the ambiance of the event. My family relished and appreciated his benevolent disposition. We highly recommend him for any event, for it will most certainly bless it tremendously!! Sincerely, The Jones Family

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Justin Nelson Jazz’s Response:

Charles! It was truly my pleasure to be a part of your daughter's graduation event. It has stood out to me as one of my favorite performances of the year. Everyone was so kind and your children are so well-mannered, your goodwill does not go unnoticed. Hope to see you guys again soon and keep doing what you're doing! Best, Justin

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2019
Jun
1
Wedding Ceremony
Charlotte, NC
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
2019
May
21
Nursing Home Event
Bedford, VA
4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
2019
Apr
3
Corporate Function
High Point, NC
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2018
Dec
8
Christmas Party
Winston Salem, NC
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2018
Sep
20
Nursing Home Event
Bedford, VA
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
2018
Jun
14
Corporate Function
Greensboro, NC
4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2018
May
13
Mother's Day Party
Advance, NC
11:00 PM - 2:30 AM
2018
Mar
10
Birthday Party (Adult)
Clemmons, NC
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2017
Jul
8
Wedding Ceremony
Chapel Hill, NC
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
2017
May
27
Graduation Party
Indian Trail, NC
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2017
Apr
8
Private Party
Chapel Hill, NC
6:30 PM - 11:30 PM
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Christmas Music Piano
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Wedding Ceremonies
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Engagement Parties
Family Reunions
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Please note Justin Nelson Jazz will also travel to East Saint Louis, Lovejoy, National Stock Yards, Venice, Madison, East Carondelet, Dupo, Granite City, Belleville, Caseyville, Collinsville, Fairview Heights, Columbia, Florissant, Millstadt, Saint Ann, Bridgeton, Hazelwood, Maryville, Edwardsville.
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