Steve Nelson was born in 1954 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has been a member of Dave Holland’s Quintet and Big Band for over a decade. He graduated from Rutgers University with both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in music, and his teaching activities have included a position at Princeton University. He has appeared at concerts and festivals worldwide and has made recordings as the leader of his own group. As a resident of the New York area he has performed and recorded with many musicians, including Kenny Barron, Bobby Watson, Mulgrew Miller, David “Fathead” Newman, Johnny Griffin and Jackie McLean.
His most recent recording as leader is Sound-Effect (2007), featuring pianist Mulgrew Miller, Peter Washington on bass, and Lewis Nash on drums.