Parade of Shoes: Garland Nelson

May 7th, 2012, 3:15 pm by Sara
Garland Nelson @ Rocking on the River (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)

Garland Nelson @ Rocking on the River, July 2011 (photo by Matt Mac Haffie)


Five Firsts: Garland Nelson of Soul Session; Garland Nelson Ensemble

August 30th, 2011, 11:02 am by Greg
Garland Nelson

Garland Nelson

NAME: Garland Nelson
BAND AFFILIATION: Soul Session, the band; The Garland Nelson Ensemble; Rena Graf Quartet, Flavor (Hip Hop Jazz); Solo
INSTRUMENT: Vocals & Multi-instrumentalist

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … ha, ha … you’ll never believe this but…”Staying Alive” (the Bee Gees) on 45! Dance my behind off around the house with my family!

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … The Original Temptations Reunion in NYC with the Four Tops. AWESOME!!!!!

3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … I played piano in elementary school (“Lean On Me” was my first song); I purchased congas and bongos post college. Gotta make people dance, yo!

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … “This Little Light of Mine” in church. Such memories….

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … If church and my own gospel group (the Quiet Storm) in college doesn’t count, then fronting the New York Players in the Capital Region.

Garland Nelson teams up with vocalist-pianist Chris Dollard and bassist Chris Peck as the Garland Nelson Ensemble at Prime at Saratoga National Golf Club in Saratoga Springs at 7pm on Thursday.

LIVE: Garland Nelson & Soul Session @ Congress Park, 8/25/09

August 26th, 2009, 12:47 pm by Greg


On Tuesday night, Bruce Springsteen was performing for some 25 thousand fans at SPAC, where lawn tickets set onlookers back $40. But just a couple miles away, rhythm & blues powerhouse Garland Nelson fronted his band Soul Session for several hundred people in Saratoga’s Congress Park, where lawn tickets were free.

Sporting an ear-to-ear grin, Garland Nelson shouted that he, too, was “Born In The USA” as he launched his band into a show that exploded with funky rhythms, rocking guitar and a smoking horn-section that honked and howled behind Nelson’s soulful tenor voice.

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