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NELSON HILL is a saxophonist, clarinetist and flutist from Mt. Bethel, Pennsylvania.  He has studied privately with Phil Woods, Hal Galper, Eddie Daniels and James Caruso.  Nelson graduated from the Eastman School of Music in 1981 with a B.M. in saxophone performance.  At Eastman, Nelson studied with Ramon Ricker, Bill Dobbins, Rayburn Wright, William Osseck and Mardelle Marcellis.  He performed with the National Jazz Ensemble. Upon graduation, he toured for three years with Maynard Ferguson, playing lead alto saxophone.  During his stay, he recorded on the albums Storm and Hollywood. 

After he left Ferguson in 1984, Nelson worked at Tamiment Resort, Harrah's Marina and Mount Airy Lodge where he performed with Tony Bennet, The Spinners, The Temptations, Wayne Newton, Jay Black, Frankie Valli and many others.
In 2002, Nelson released his first solo CD entitled Lethal.  He is currently working with his quartet and with pianist Eric Mintel.  Nelson will be releasing his second solo CD in the Fall of 2004.  Nelson has also taught saxophone and jazz improvisation at Lafayette College, Blair Academy, and privately. His students have enrolled in schools such as Eastman, Berklee, Ithica, NYU and Manhattan School of Music.

In 2002, Nelson became an Artist Representative and Clinician for the Yamaha Corporation of America. He performs on and endorses the YAS-82Z alto saxophone, the YTS-82Z tenor saxophone and the YSS-62 soprano saxophone.  When not on the road with the EMQ Nelson keeps busy in the studio and freelancing. Nelson's current project is writing, arranging & recording for the "Klemmer-Hill-Reid" Sessions at Studio Four with Phil Nicolo at the helm. He also works with the quintet "Co-op Bop" featuring Alan Gaumer, Craig Castelnick, Tom Kozic & Gary Rissmiller.

Nelson is father to his 4 daughters, Jessica, Danielle, Talia, Kendall
and son Eli...