Born in Queens, New York to Colombian parents, Nelson Riveros grew up listening to his parents' record collection, which included Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and the rhythms of Cumbia and Salsa. These recordings were a staple, instilling in him a musical appreciation from an early age. Nelson has become well-versed in many styles of music which include jazz, Latin, and Rock. 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. Nelson also studied music at Mannes College of Music where he studied guitar with Vic Juris. Nelson has performed with artists Adela Dalto, Alfredo De La Fe, John Benitez, Luis Bonilla, Samuel Torres and Hector Martignon. He has also been a member of the guitar faculty at the 92nd Street Y School of Music since 2005 and as a teaching artist for the 92nd Street Y Educational Outreach program, teaching guitar at PS 146 in East Harlem. Nelson recently recorded his debut CD which features Hector Martignon-piano, Armando Gola-bass, Ernesto Simpson-drums, Samuel Torres-percussion.
Check out a review of his latest CD here.