Nelson Rangell is the fourth child in a musical family. His brother, Andrew, is a well-known concert pianist living in Boston, Massachusetts. His brother, Bobby, lives in Paris and is a leading woodwind player in Europe. His sister, Paula, is a singer living in New Orleans.
Throughout his academic career, Rangell won several top national honors and graduated from the New England Conservatory in 1983. He began his professional career in New York where he met and played with many of the world's great Jazz and studio musicians, continuing many of those relationships to the present day.
Rangell has performed all over the United State and internationally, and has been a side-man on many recording sessions and jingles. To date, he has recorded 12 CDs. Three times his CDs have been in the top ten of Billboard's national Jazz sales chart. He has been first in Jazziz Magazine's radio active listing and has placed many top singles in national radio play charts. His new CD, Look Again, has just been released.