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Justin Nelson Jazz Jazz Pianist from Charlottesville, VA

Will travel up to 500 miles

  • Avg 5.0 | 14 Reviews
  • 28 Verified Bookings
  • Member Since 2016
  • 3 Awards & Badges
  • Virtual Services Offered
  • Accepts Online Payment
  • Starting at $200 per event

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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 perform 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 Charlottesville 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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Review by Allen P.

Retirement PartyReviewed on July 26, 2023From Charlottesville, VA

Justin was a joy to work with for our event. His musical talent and interpersonal skills really amplified his value. Great musician and gentleman! Would definitely recommend and will seek him out in the future!

Review by Anna F.

Community EventReviewed on April 11, 2023From Roanoke, VA

Justin did a fantastic job at our recent event we hired him for. He came on time, dressed professionally, and gave a great performance. He played piano in the background, and it was just the addition we needed for our event. We would absolutely use him again and I would highly recommend him!

Review by Liz A.

Wedding ReceptionReviewed on September 10, 2022From Eureka, MO

Justin arrived promptly and ready to play! He provided a lovely addition to the cocktail hour before the reception!

Justin Nelson Jazz:

Thank you, Liz, for the kind words, and the amazing stationary on your thank you note! What a hip design. Are your family musicians as well? That was quite the complex written music up top :)

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Upcoming Events

May 26, 2024 • Wedding Ceremony
Sun4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Keswick, VA

Past Events

October 14, 2023 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Sat3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Bristow, VA
July 26, 2023 • Retirement Party
Wed4:00 PM - 9:00 PM Charlottesville, VA
April 18, 2023 • Corporate Function
Tue4:00 PM - 9:30 PM Richmond, VA
April 11, 2023 • Community Event
Tue4:00 PM - 6:00 PM Roanoke, VA
December 9, 2022 • Club Event
Fri7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Saint Louis, MO
November 8, 2022 • Corporate Function
Tue12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Saint Louis, MO
September 23, 2022 • Birthday Party (Adult)
Fri7:00 PM - 11:00 PM Columbia, MO
September 10, 2022 • Wedding Reception
Sat5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Eureka, MO
March 18, 2022 • Community Event
Fri3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Chesterfield, MO
December 3, 2021 • Rehearsal Dinner
Fri6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Germantown, TN
October 9, 2021 • Wedding
Sat5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Elkhart, IL
August 28, 2021 • Wedding Ceremony
Sat6:30 PM - 7:30 PM Creve Coeur, MO

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