Composer, arranger, saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist and bass clarinetist Anthony Nelson, Jr. ignites fans with his melodic originality. He is an avid student of jazz music, becoming a member of Cantoris, the prestigious boys’ choir in Plainfield, New Jersey. At the age of 11, he picked up the alto saxophone, continuing to the tenor saxophone by high school. Nelson dedicated his life to the construction and deliverance of music which requires not only a tremendous commitment but also an unparalleled passion for creativity. He enrolled at the University of the District of Columbia. There he was fortunate to study under master arranger Calvin Jones. He later went on to William Paterson University under the tutelage of Gary Smulyan and Vincent Herring. He has served as the clarinetist in the quintet of MacArthur award winner and Grammy-nominated violinist, Regina Carter, touring and appearing with her on NPR’s Jazz Set. Nelson has also been privileged enough to work with many talented musicians, ranging in genres. He also is the Artistic Director of the Shiloh Baptist Church "Jazz in the Sanctuary" Series, a jazz vespers presented in concert form. Under Nelson's direction, the Jazz in the Sanctuary Series has featured the likes of Steve Turre, Bruce Williams, Mark Gross, Cecil Brooks III and many other of the great standouts if today's jazz scene. Join WBGO to enjoy the tradition of good music provided at no cost the second Wednesday of the month at Gateway 2 in Newark as we welcome Anthony Nelson, Jr. Special Thanks to C&K Properties!