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Oliver Nelson (I) (1932–1975)

Oliver Nelson began playing piano at age six and picked up the saxophone when he was eleven. Later he continued his musical education at Washington University in St. Louis, as well as studying with composer Elliott Carter. Nelson gained practical experience by playing in bands with Erskine Hawkins, Louie Bellson, Quincy Jones and Duke Ellington. ... See full bio »

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Known For

Last Tango in Paris Music Department
Shrek the Third Soundtrack
The Tao of Steve Soundtrack


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 1967-1975 Ironside (TV Series) (69 episodes)
- The Rolling Y (1975)
- Fall of an Angel (1974)
- Speak No Evil (1974)
- Run Scared (1974)
 1973 Chase (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Sizzling Stones (1973)
- A Bit of Class (1973)
- Pilot (1973)
 1973 The Six Million Dollar Man: The Solid Gold Kidnapping (TV Movie) (syndicated version)
 1973 Money to Burn (TV Movie)
 1973 The Alpha Caper (TV Movie)
 1973 Chase (TV Movie)
 1973 I Love a Mystery (TV Movie)
 1972 Columbo (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Greenhouse Jungle (1972) ... (music score)
 1972 Cutter (TV Movie)
 1971-1972 Longstreet (TV Series) (14 episodes)
- Eye of the Storm (1972)
 1970 The Cliff (TV Movie)
 1968-1970 The Name of the Game (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- The White Birch (1968)
- Nightmare (1968) ... (music score)
 1970 Matt Lincoln (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Sheila (1970)
 1970 Zig Zag
 1970 Dial Hot Line (TV Movie)
 1970 Skullduggery
 1970 The Virginian (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1968-1970 It Takes a Thief (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Fortune City (1970)
- The Scorpio Drop (1969)
 1969 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1968 Istanbul Express (TV Movie)
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Album: "The Blues and the Abstract Truth" (Impulse Records)

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Has one son by Eileen Nelson (Oliver Nelson Jr.) who currently lives in Indianapolis and teaches flute on the side.

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