Justin nielsen

"Nielsen's piano sparkles."

      - Dan Mclenahan, allaboutjazz.com

 

"Justin Nielsen has tons of chops and a great sense of how to accompany."

 

      -George Colligan, the Jazz Truth - 

"Justin Nielsen pretty much burns the house down. "

      - John Mcneil -

 

 

 

Justin Nielsen is a performer, composer, recording artist, and teacher residing in Boise, Idaho.  Though he has lived his life in the mountain west, he has had a dynamic career that has made it possible for him to play and teach all over the world with some of the greatest musicians in the world.  He is featured on scores of recordings and is currently featured on 6 albums with release dates set for 2018.  He is a charter member of the Kobie Watkins Grouptet, who he performs and tours with frequently.  Recently his arrangement, Both Sides Now, was featured at Jazz at Lincoln Center as part of a tribute to Joni Mitchell.  

 

Though Justin loves performing, his greatest passion comes from teaching and inspiring young people to play and to love music.  He was a founder of ArtsWest/Fresco Arts Academy, a private school for young performing artists in Eagle, ID, where he worked and taught for 7 years.  His students have literally won hundreds of national honors, including recognition from Downbeat magazine, the national Grammy organization, and the Monterey Next Generation competition.  His students have also garnered over $5 Million in scholarship offers to the finest music schools in the country including Calarts, Manhattan School of Music, Berklee College of Music, USC, and many many others.  Many of his former students are now professional musicians.  Roots Music Project is the culmination of Justin's last 15 years of composing, performing, recording, and mentoring the next generation of creative musicians.  The project is an after school music program in Eagle, ID that focuses on mentoring young musicians by giving them an immersive record label experience. 

Justin has released two albums as a leader, Divine Colors and Prayer for Peace.  Both are available through Roots Records.  

Justin's Records:

Divine Colors

Justin's first album as a leader.  This music was written for his students, providing an opportunity for students of all ages and ability to become part of the music.  Since composing this music, Justin has performed Divine Colors with thousands of music students at the Elementary, Junior High, High School, and College Level.  Justin would love to take Divine Colors to your school, community organization, or church.  Contact us for more information!

Justin's first album as a leader. This music was written for his students, providing an opportunity for students of all ages and ability to become part of the music. Since composing this music, Justin has performed Divine Colors with thousands of music students at the Elementary, Junior High, High School, and College Level. Justin would love to take Divine Colors to your school, community organization, or church. Contact us for more information!

Divine Colors

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Justin Nielsen, Piano/Composer Cari Stevens, Vocals Matt Wrobel, Guitar Ryan Nielsen, Trumpet John Bishop, Drums Clark Sommers, Bass Micah Claffey, Cello Shea Kole, Cello Jake Saunders, Cello Stephen Mathie, Cello

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  1. 1 "Wisdom" - Divine Colors 19:51
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  2. 2 "Joy"- from Divine Colors 10:21
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  3. 3 Peace - Divine Colors 13:14
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Prayer for Peace

Inspired by Justin's love for his country.

Inspired by Justin's love for his country.

Prayer for Peace

Justin Nielsen, Solo Piano

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  1. 1 Invocation 00:48
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  2. 2 Prayer for Peace 09:27
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  3. 3 Dark Green 05:04
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  4. 4 Peace 09:30
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  5. 5 Love Song 06:21
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  6. 6 Zikr 06:56
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  7. 7 Smile 03:14
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  8. 8 Benediction 01:52
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