Dave Nelson


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Worked with artists The National, Sufjan Stevens, Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons, Joanna Newsome, Jonsi, Local Natives, Lonney Holley, Steve Coleman, John Adams, Martha Wainwright, and many others.

Performer, producer, arranger, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Dave Nelson works extensively as a session player, often arranging and recording remotely from his personal studio in Upstate, NY.

Born and raised in Georgia, Dave moved to NYC in 2006 where quickly established himself as a go-to trombonist in the burgeoning crossover scene of indie rock and contemporary classical of late 2000’s/early 2010’s Brooklyn. This led to ongoing collaborations with artists like The National, Sufjan Stevens, Beirut and Nico Muhly alongside his work in the NYC classical chamber music scene via groups like International Contemporary Ensemble, Talea, Signal and The Knights Orchestra.

In 2012/13, Dave joined the touring band for David Byrne/St. Vincent’s project “Love This Giant”. That same year, he formed his experimental duo, Nelson Patton, and released an album featuring Lonnie Holley on vocals. This led to a meaningful friendship and collaboration that was further documented on Lonnie’s critically acclaimed album “Mith” as well as the short film, “I Snuck Off the Slave Ship”, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Dave is also a member of Pfarmers, a collaborative trio with Bryan Devendorf (The National) and Danny Seim (Menomenah). Together, they have released two albums.

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Depending on my availability I can give a time frame of when I can deliver tracks or mixes to clients. Usually within a week. Up to 5 recalls for mixes.

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