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Nelson Riveros / Bio

New York Guitarist Nelson Riveros' Contemporary Latin-Jazz debut CD titled 'Camino Al Barrio' peaked at #12 on the Jazz Week World Music Charts Albums in its third week of its' release and reached #8 He was nominated among his peers as 'Next Best Generation Artist' and Best Latin Jazz Guitar' for the 2010 Latin Jazz Corner Best of The Year Awards.

Born in New York to Colombian parents, Nelson began playing guitar in high school and become well versed in many styles of music, which include Jazz, Latin, and Rock. He studied guitar with a very in demand guitar teacher named George Bien who turned him on to the records of Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, Lee Ritenour, and Larry Carlton.

After briefly attending the Berklee College of Music, Nelson returned to New York to involve himself in the music scene and played in many bands. For several years he worked for guitarist/producer Nile Rodgers' Sumthing Else Musicworks before returning to school. He began studying with Remo Palmieri

He graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from City College where he studied guitar with Gene Bertoncini, Pete McCann and composition with Mike Holober. Prior to his studies at City College, Nelson studied with guitarist Vic Juris.

Nelson has performed and recorded with Grammy nominated pianist Hector Martignon, Grammy-winning bassist John Benitez, Samuel Torres, Luis Bonilla, Alfredo De La Fe, Adela Dalto. Nelson an active teacher has been on the guitar faculty at the 92nd Street Y School of Music since 2005 and as a Teaching Artist for the 92nd Street Y Outreach program.

Camino Al Barrio is a Contemporary-Jazz recording with diverse Latin influences. It features the talents pianist Hector Martignon , bassist Armando Gola , Ernesto Simpson (Arturo Sandoval, Richard Bona), Samuel Torres. Special guests, Christos Rafalides on vibes and Andres Garcia on 12-string Colombian Tiple.

Nelson had performed at Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Miles Cafe, Kavehauz, Long Island Winter Fest Jazz on The Vine, FB Lounge, Edgewater Music and Arts Festival, GrandCentral Partnership Summer Music Series, Blue Water Grill.

General Info

Band Members
Nelson Riveros-Guitar/Vocals, Hector Martignon-Piano/Fender Rhodes, Armando Gola-Bass, Ernesto Simpson-Drums, Samuel Torres-Percussion, Christos Rafalides-Vibes
Artist Name
Nelson Riveros
Home Page
Active Since
Jazz / Latin Jazz

Contact Info

Tenafly, NJ

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