17 September 1902, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, d. 5 April 1990. Nelson grew up in a cultured family; his mother was a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music, his father was a physician. After starting out on alto horn, he switched to trombone in the 20s. Working mostly with bands in and around New Orleans, including those led by Oscar Papa Celestin and Kid Rena, he built a sound reputation during the 30s. During this period he also frequently worked with the popular big band led by Sidney Desvigne. In the early 40s he joined Kid Thomas and in the 50s was a regular member of the band led by George Lewis, with whom he toured extensively. In the 60s Nelson also worked with the New Orleans Joymakers, the Legends Of Jazz, Kid Thomas, Peter Bocage, Sammy Rimington and other leading New Orleans-style musicians.
For many years he was a frequent performer at Preservation Hall in his home town. Although best known for his New Orleans...