As a LifeForce Jazz Records artist, pianist, percussionist, composer and arranger, and educator, Tenia Renee Nelson has 20 years-plus teaching experience in ALL levels of education (Early Childhood through University). At the present time, Tenia teaches music at Denver Language School, teaches privately in her music studio andÂ also teaches classes at Neighborhood Music at Stanley Marketplace.
Tenia received her Bachelors of Music Education Degree from Metropolitan State University of Denver in 2004, and her Masters of Music Degree (Jazz Studies) from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2010. Tenia is a board member of The Gift of Jazz organization, a non-profit based in Denver, which actively supports jazz performance in the Rocky Mountain region in particular, to ensure that jazz remains a creative force in Colorado.
In addition to teaching, she plays jazz regularly at venues in the Denver metro area that include Dazzle at Baurâ€™s and Nocturne. Tenia co-lead Spherio (Tenia Nelson, keys; Brendan O’ Donoghue, bass; and Andreas Schmid, drums), a well-known Denver-based group that focuses on arranging and playing the music of Thelonious Sphere Monk. And she leads the Tenia Nelson Trio (Tenia Nelson, keys; Brendan O’ Donoghue, bass; Alex Tripp, drums), aka TNT. As a freelance music artist, she plays all types of music.
Tenia has played with Dianne Reeves, Ron Miles, Tia Fuller, Hugh Ragin, Kenny Walker, Brad Goode, Gabe Mervine, Greg Gisbert and Adam Deitch (from Lettuce), to name just a few.
Most recently, Denverâ€™s premiere jazz radio station KUVO (declared one of the best jazz radio stations in the world) has featured Tenia’s music and Spherio.
Tenia lives in Denver with her family (her husband Tim, son, Thelonious, and dog Snowball).
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