New York based guitarist Nelson Riveros recently released his debut recording titled Camino Al Barrio, a Contemporary Latin-Jazz CD with a diverse array of rhythms and fresh improvisations. Camino al Barrio peaked at #8 on the Jazz Week World Music Chart. 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 of Colombian parents, Nelson grew up listening to his parent’s record collection, which was a staple that instilled him with a musical appreciation at an early age. Nelson began playing guitar in high school and became well versed in the styles of rock, jazz and latin. He studied with a very in demand guitar teacher named George Bien who turned him on to recordings by Joe Pass, Pat Martino, Wes Montgomery, Larry Carlton, Lee Ritenour and George Benson.
A graduate of City College where he received a B.F.A in Jazz Studies, Nelson studied guitar with Gene Bertoncini, Pete McCann and composition with Mike Holober. He also studied at Mannes College of Music 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 and Adela Dalto. Nelson performed at the Jazz on the Vine Jazz Festival in Riverhead L.I., Miles Café, Blue Water Grill, FB Lounge and Nuyorican Poets Café.
Nelson is an active teacher and has been on the faculty of 92Y School of Music since 2005 as a teaching artist for 92Y’s Outreach Program.