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Dr. Larry Nelson

  • Assoc Professor
  • PhD in Musicology, University of Kentucky
  • MM in Saxophone Performance, University of Kentucky


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Larry Nelson is an Associate Professor of Saxophone, Jazz Studies, and Musicology at Eastern Kentucky University, where he teaches applied lessons in saxophone and directs the EKU Jazz Ensemble, the EKU Saxophone Quartets, and the jazz saxophone ensemble Saxophobia. He also teaches classes in Jazz History and Jazz Improvisation.

An active performer on both saxophone and bass, Larry is a member of the Osland Saxophone Quartet, the Kentucky Jazz Repertory Orchestra, the Dimartino-Osland Jazz Orchestra, and the Lexington Jazz Collective as well as the regional cover bands Ray's Music Exchange and Faded Blue. He has performed with Ray Charles, Manhattan Transfer, the Temptations, Aretha Franklin, Doc Severinsen, the Four Tops, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, Lou Rawls, the Jimmy Dorsey orchestra, Ben Vereen, and many other artists of note.

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