Bass guitarist Nelson Montana’s musical career spans several styles and major venues in both live performances and studio recordings. He's been written up in BassPlayer magazine, Modern Drummer magazine as well as several online music sites. rated his YouTube channel as one of the "Top 10 Best Bass Players on YouTube. "
As music critic Jason Russell puts it: “Montana plays in a melodic style a la Paul McCartney yet with a groove and funkiness that would fit into the most hardcore R&B band. He also rocks with a vengeance, ripping out soaring lines and handling the most complex rhythms with complete mastery.”
Having studied music theory at Manhattan School of Music, and drums with jazz great Elvin Jones, Nelson began his career as on of the founders of the band POPULAR SCIENCE – regarded as forerunners to the avant garde art –rock bands of the 80’s.
Nelson then went on mostly as a bandleader and has played with such notable artists as Grammy Award Winner Nile Rodgers (Daft Punk), Billboard Dance chart topper Kim Sozzi, Jazz greats Tal Farlow, Dave Kikoski (Roy Haynes, Randy Brecker) Alex Norris (Vanguard Big Band, Stevie Winwood, Ron Carter), Blues and Rock and Roll legends Bo Diddly, Chuck Berry and The Drifters, plus Broadway giants Ben Vereen, Tony Award winner Idina Menzel and Daniel Weiss (Rent, Hair, ).
Nelson played bass in the Broadway Production of "MamaMia" and appears on the tribute album"Shawn Lane Remembered."
He's also worked exclusively with Platinum Record Artist Roger Barlett of the Jimmy Buffett Coral Reef Band, as well as session master Joe Caro (Miles Davis, Michael McDonald), famed folk artist David Ippolito, Vince Martell of The Vanilla Fudge, Jon Herrington of Steely Dan, plus many more of New York's finest musicians.
As a solo artist he’s released three CDs: "One More Chance" “Don’t Fear The Reverb” and “Bass-ically Beatles” on which he performs all the parts, playing all instruments, including:
Electric and Double Bass
Electric and Acoustic Guitar
Lead and Background Vocals
Drums and all manner of percussion
Piano, Organ and Midi Keyboards
On his fourth solo album release “Jazz Un-Standards” he continues to play multiple roles but is joined by several notable jazz sidemen.
Skilled in a variety of genres, Nelson has expanded his expertise into the field of recording and producing, theater work and playing as both session musician and engineer. He currently accepts clients working from his home studio in New York City. As Nelson puts it: “I love working with creative people and helping to bring their artistic vision to life –whatever it may be – in any way I can.”