Dave Nelson

Dave Nelson


I Snuck Off The Slave Ship


Dave Nelson is a New York-based performer/composer. Most recently, his duo project Nelson Patton (trombone and drums) has collaborated closely with Lonnie Holley and is documented on the critically acclaimed album Mith.

Dave has contributed to recordings by a range of popular artists and bands including The National, Sufjan Stevens, Mumford and Sons, Steve Coleman, Nico Muhly, and many more. Touring credits include David Byrne/St. Vincent, The National and Lonnie Holley. Additional live performances include Vampire Weekend, Spoon and Beirut among others.

Dave is principal trombone of The Knights Orchestra and performs with other classical ensembles including, ICE, NYC Opera, and St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. He can be heard on numerous film and television scores including the 2012 Sundance Winner Beasts of the Southern Wild.

As a composer, Dave has scored music for HBO documentary My Depression by Elizabeth Swados, as well as segments for SNL and The Colbert Report.


Website: dnelmusic.com/
Instagram: @dnelnelson
Twitter: @dnelnelson

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