Jazz trumpeter, composer, and music teacher Haneef Nelson performed with his band, the Haneef N. Nelson Quintet, as a guest musician at Loomis Chaffee on Tuesday, March 26.
In addition to leading his quintet, Mr. Nelson is a member of the International Gospel Fellowship Church music ministry and the founder of Neeftet, the Hartford Legacy Jazz Orchestra, the Hartford Jazz Composers Collective, and the Paul Brown Legacy Ensemble. A long-standing member of music ensembles of varied sizes and genres in the local music scene, Mr. Nelson also has recorded music with a variety of gospel and jazz artists. He curates the Jazz Monday event at Black Eyed Sally's in Hartford through his entertainment company, Neefjazz Entertainment.
Mr. Nelson enjoyed a music-filled childhood in Uniondale, New York, and took up several instruments before settling on jazz trumpet in high school. His early music education came through his high school music teachers and from the not-for-profit Jazzmobile Program, which aims to preserve and promote jazz music in New York. Mr. Nelson earned a bachelor's degree in African-American music from the University of Hartford's Hartt School of Music.
In addition to teaching in his private music studio, Mr. Nelson has taught at The Artist Collective; served as the first director of jazz studies at the Community Music School of Springfield, Massachusetts; and was a teaching assistant for Big Band at the Jackie McLean Institute of Jazz at Hartt School. He has presented masterclasses and workshops in various educational and professional settings.Connect to Mr. Nelson's website for more information.
Mr. Nelson's visit to Loomis Chaffee was made possible with support from the Joseph Stookins Guest Musician/Lecture Fund.