Bio

 Born in Brazil from Bolivian descent, Nelson grew up in Tampa and began musical performance at the age of seven. Starting with piano, drums, trombone and tuba in middle school, he finally ventured into the world of guitar at 13.  After a year in training, Nelson auditioned and was immediately accepted to Blake High School of the Arts.  There, he entered classical guitar instruction with esteemed educator John Michael Parris.  In 2004, Nelson won the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts’ Merit Recognition Award.  He graduated to study classical guitar at Florida State University’s College of Music under Professor Bruce Holzman.  While at FSU, he began exploring jazz composition with Joel Johnson and Leo Welch.  In 2005, Nelson attended New York University’s Guitar Intensive Program to further explore jazz theory.  He began teaching private lessons during his senior year and, in 2008, earned his BA Music degree.  Nelson came back to Tampa to continue teaching and has delighted venues around the region with his solo classical guitar, ceremonial ensembles, acoustic guitar duo/trios, and full electric bands.  His greatest influences are Francisco Tarrega, Andres Segovia, Dilermando Reis, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Carlos Santana, James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and Michael Jackson.

Musicians I've Met/Studied With

Peter Bernstein 
Chick Corea
John Blackwell
Bela Fleck
Wynton Marsalis
Jack Wilkins
Wayne Krantz
Mimi Fox
Bruce Arnold
Guthrie Govan
Stanley Jordan
Eric Darius
Jason Marsalis
Marcus Roberts
Bruce Holzman
Victor Wooten
Assad Brothers
Lily Afshar

 

Performance Venues

-Boca Grande-
The Gasparilla Inn Beach Club

-Brandon/Riverview-
Park Square Cellar
Beaux Art Gallery

-Clearwater-
Hilton Clearwater Beach
The Lookout-Hooters
Frenchy's Rockaway

-St. Petersburg-
State Theater
Local 662
Red Mesa Cantina
Nova 535
The Vue
St. Pete Yacht Club
Isla Del Sol Yacht Club
Post Card Inn

-Sarasota-
Powel Crosley Estate
Ritz-Carlton

-Tampa-
The Fly Bar
Ella's Folk Art Cafe
Dubliner
The Fox
George Steinbrenner Field
Tampa Museum of Art
Hyde Park Cafe
MacDill Air Force Base
The Drynk
Hard Rock Cafe
Blue Martini
Copperfish
James Joyce Irish Pub
Green Iguana
Yeoman's 
Gaspar's Grotto
Florida Aquarium
Mojitos
The Straz Center
Centro Asturiano

-Palm Harbor-
Innisbrook Resort

-Plant City-
Walden Lake Country Club

-Naples-
The Naples Beach Hotel and Golf Club

-Wesley Chaplel-
The Shops at Wiregrass