Jazz musician Nelson Rangell began his musical career when he was named the Best High School Soloist in a nationwide competition sponsored by Down Beat magazine. He went on to win Down Beat's collegiate competition when he was a student at the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.
Rangell has worked in New York as a studio musician by day and played in clubs by night. He has played in the Gil Evans Big Band and has been a member of GRP's tour-de-force, the GRP All Star Big Band, where he played alongside Chick Corea, Michael Brecker and Arturo Sandoval.
He has played world-wide with his own band at both clubs and jazz festivals such as the JVC Jazz Festival in New York, the Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles and the London Jazz Festival at the Royal Festival Hall.
In 1989, Rangell began recording for the GRP label. He has eight compact discs under his own name. The latest include Truest Heart, Yes, then Yes and Destiny. His most recent recording is Turning Night Into Day. He is a major voice in the contemporary jazz scene.