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composer , conductor.

Oliver Edward Nelson, American composer, conductor. Recipient New Star award Jazz Critics Poll, 1962, Edison award, Holland, 1965, Best Arrangement award National Academy Recording Arts and Sciences, 1966; commissioned by Broadcast Music, Inc. for Jazzhattan, Suite, 1967. Served with United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1952-1954.; Member American Federation Musicians.


Nelson, Oliver Edward was born on June 4, 1932 in St. Louis. Son of Eugene Cornelius and Lucilie (Wilverton) Nelson.


Student Washington University, St. Louis, 1954-1958, Lincoln U., Jefferson City, Missoury, 1958-1959.


Saxophone player with Bill Davis, Quincy Jones and Louis Bellson orchs., New York City, 1950-1960, Duke Ellington and Count Basie orchs., 1961. Leader own orchestra Lincoln Center Concert, 1964. Columbia Broadcasting System-television commission Repertorie Theatre, 1965.

Scored music for Columbia Broadcasting System-television series Mr. Broadway, 1965; writer, scoring television series Ironside for Universal Pictures, from 1967. Teacher summer session Washington University, 1966.

Public mus. educational material Noslen Music Company, Hollywood, California, Broadcast Music, Inc.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Patterns For Saxophone, 1966. Composer: Blues and the Abstract Truth, 1960. Woodwind Quintet, 1960.

      Song Cycle for Contralto and Piano, 1961. Afro-American Sketches, 1961. Dirge for Chamber Orchestra, 1962.

      Soundpiece for Contralto and String Orchestra, 1963. Soundpiece for Jazz Orchestra, Piano Compositions, 1964. More Blues and the Abstract Truth, 1965.

      The Kennedy Dream Suite, 1967 (number 20 (tie) in Top 20 Jazz Albums). Concerto for Xylophone, Marimba and Vibraphone, 1967.


Served with United States Marine Corps Reserve, 1952-1954. Member American Federation Musicians.


Married Audre N. McEwen, December 30, 1958. Children: Oliver Edward, Nyles Oliver.

Eugene Cornelius Nelson

Lucilie (Wilverton) Nelson

Audre N. McEwen

Oliver Edward Nelson

Nyles Oliver Nelson