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Nelson Lunding

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Nelson Lunding is a modern-day version of the travelling piano men, a tradition that traces roots back to the early 1890's. Lunding began playing piano at the age of 6 in westchester NY and has been playing now for 39 years.

At the age of 17 Nelson moved to New Orleans where he honed his skills for 16 years and is a carrier of the New Orleans piano torch. By 21 years old he was singing and playing piano in his own right on Bourbon Street. A year later he formed his own band named Nelson Lunding and Blues in the Pocket and at the age of 23 he produced the band on the self released Cd titled "Whiskey and a Beer to Go". Nelson has performed at Jazz Fest in New Orleans 10 times with various groups and has had the opportunity to play backing up some of the great musicians in New Orleans including Johnny Adams, Walter Wolfman Washington, Ernie K-doe and on. He performed at WWOZ's Piano Night in 1998 and 2007. 

In 2005 Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans, destroyed his neighborhood and set him into motion travelling migrationally between New Orleans, San Francisco, New York, Mexico: Mexico city, Playa de Carmen, Puerto Escondido and Antigua, Guatemala where he finally settled and has currenlty resided for 3 years.

Nelson has additionally released three solo piano records: 2007 Live at the Cadillac, 2012 Doin´ It all Yourself and 2017 Cadillac Sessions. He recently performed with an 8 piece band at both the 18th Annual Guatemalan Jazz Fest sponsored by IGA as well as a performance celebrating Guatemalan Jazz Day at the IGA Theater in Guatemala City.


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