The John Nelson Story

Being raised by musical parents in the New York neighborhoods of Crown Heights and West Harlem, el john learned piano at home and sang in church choir at an early age. By the time he was 12 el john was drumming in African drum and dance ensembles at Babatunde Olatunji's Center for African Culture in Harlem. el john's formal training came to include mentoring by drum set luminaries Alan Nelson and Anthony Williams. In 1982, el john began  performing and recording as a session player in Honolulu, Hawaii while also pursuing  formal music studies at the University of Hawaii. 

Among the artists el john has worked with: Thievery Corporation, Poi Dog Pondering, Victor Krummenacher, Federico Aubele, Penelope Houston, and Benny Rietveld.