Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Matt has been playing the saxophone since his days at El Carmelo Elementary School. He left the sunshine of California for the flurries and wintry mix of Northeastern Ohio, where he attended Oberlin College and Conservatory to study with Gary Bartz and Paul Cohen, among others. After graduating he moved back to the Bay Area and became an active member of the experimental/jazz/noise scene in Oakland and San Francisco. During his time there he also began playing with the experimental pop band tUnE-yArDs. After recording on their acclaimed album WHOKILL, he spent a large portion of 2010-2012 on tour with the band.
In 2010 Matt began to split his time between the Bay Area and Brooklyn, where he now resides full-time. Since relocating to New York, he's been performing regularly as a solo act, in several collaborative groups with many of New York's luminary improvising and jazz musicians, and in the saxophone quartet Battle Trance who released their debut record 'Palace Of Wind' in 2014. Matt's solo work for saxophone and effects/feedback is an exploration of the intricacies of his amplified instrument, projected through the lens of a wide-ranging musical background. His debut solo record 'Lower Bottoms' was released in 2014 on Tubapede Records. To learn more about Matt Nelson, visit mattnelsonsax.com.