Guest artist recital features southern California jazz pianist

Contact: Dannielle Sturgeon
Photo of jazz pianist Josh Nelson sitting at a piano

Jazz pianist Josh Nelson will perform on campus at a free recital.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Southern California pianist, composer and bandleader Josh Nelson will perform at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 29, in Western Michigan University’s Dalton Center Recital Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

Nelson has performed with some of the most respected names in jazz, including Kurt Elling, John Pizzarelli, Benny Golson, Sheila Jordan, John Clayton, George Mraz, Jeff Hamilton, Dave Koz, Joe Chambers and Peter Erskine. Appearing for one night in Kalamazoo, he’ll be joined by WMU faculty members Scott Cowan, Andrew Rathbun, Greg Jasperse and Keith Hall and WMU student Matt Epperson.

“Josh is that rare young musician who has not only a wealth of study and experience under his belt—all but assuring him a prominent place in jazz music—but he also possesses those rarest of musical attributes: a touch, a tone and a ‘sound’ that are all identifiably his own,” says Erskine, a legendary drummer.

For more information about the concert, visit or call (269) 387-4667.

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