Michael B. Nelson

Producer | Composer | Arranger | Trombonist | Head Hornhead

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Hornheads on new Prince single w/Zooey Deschanel

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Hornheads on new Prince single w/Zooey Deschanel

Prince’s new single FALLINLOVE2NITE feat. Zooey Deschanel, has been released by Epic Records (available on iTunes). The Hornheads got to drop in some funky licks throughout the song, and I had the pleasure of bringing in Adi Yeshaya and  STRINGenius to add the wonderful string work. The song was 1st premiered on the post Superbowl episode of “New Girl” in which Prince guest starred and performed a short version of the song. It’s seems the fan’s outcry for this catchy tune to be released finally paid off....

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Prince releases new single featuring the Hornheads

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Prince releases new single featuring the Hornheads

Prince has just released “Extraloveable Reloaded” for download on his 3rd Eye Girl website. This is a remake of a song of his from the early ’80s that now includes a signature Hornheads breakdown in the middle. There’s a sample of it on Dr. Funkenberry if you want to check it out, but it doesn’t get to the real funky horn stuff. Prince asked me to do a horn break in the style of my Hornheads composition “Intermission”, which we used to play with Prince on tour. We did this session in Nov. of 2011,...

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More Hornheads work with Prince released

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More Hornheads work with Prince released

The Hornheads appear on 2 more Prince singles”Boyfriend Demo” and “Ain’t Gonna Miss U When U’re Gone” featuring Ledisi. Both are available for download at 3rd Eye Girl. (update – Boyfriend is no longer available at the 3rd Eye Girl site). “Boyfriend” has some fun interplay between 2 differently configured Hornheads passes. So 10 horns! This arrangement came together in a very different way than most Prince charts. He sent me a very simple track that had just a basic rhythm section and...

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Hornheads featured on new IKV CD and used in Target commercial

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Hornheads featured on new IKV CD and used in Target commercial

Who would’ve thought that when we recorded horns in my studio in South Minneapolis last year for our old Argentinian friends, Dante and Emmanuel of Illya Kuryaki and the Vallderramas, would end up on a Target commercial and get a shout out from Oprah. Here’s the Billboard article about their new project “Chances”, which features 4 of my arrangements with the Hornheads. The Target ad is kind of an odd edit, which is typical of commercial jingles, so be sure to check out the full Ula Ula...

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Discography

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Discography

Prince Love Symbol PAISLEY PARK/WB Prince Morning Papers (single) PAISLEY PARK/WB Carmen Electra Get On Up (single) PAISLEY PARK/WB Prince My Name Is Prince (single) PAISLEY PARK/WB Carmen Electra Carmen Electra PAISLEY PARK/WB Prince Greatest Hits PAISLEY PARK/WB Mavis Staples The Voice PAISLEY PARK/WB NPG Gold Nigga NPG RECORDS NPG 2gether (single) NPG RECORDS Tevin Campbell I’m Ready QWEST/WB Hornheads Hornheads BONE 2 B WILD RECORDS Prince Come PAISLEY PARK/WB Prince LetitGo (single) PAISLEY PARK/WB Various Artists 1-800 New Funk NPG...

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Doc Severinsen Midwest Tour 2013

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Doc Severinsen Midwest Tour 2013

I just returned from a 7 day midwest tour with Doc Severinsen. This is the second tour I’ve had the pleasure of playing lead trombone for Doc. As an extra bonus, world class saxophonist and Tonight Show alum, Ernie Watts was on the band as well. What a treat to listen to him and Doc every night. It looks like we may have some more dates to look forward to in the...

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hornheads.com

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hornheads.com

Check out the new Hornheads website. You can listen to samples, watch videos, and view photos of our work with world-class artists, such as Prince & the New Power Generation, Mandy Moore and the Jonas Brothers. The Hornheads, an extraordinarily talented group of horn players, has been gathering international acclaim from artists and critics alike, since 1991.

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Michael B. Nelson’s horn arrangements for Jonas Brothers

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Michael B. Nelson’s horn arrangements for Jonas Brothers

The most recent horn arranging and recording project with the Hornheads is the Jonas Brothers’ new release, Lines, Vines, and Trying Times, produced by the multi-talented John Fields (Mandy Moore, Switchfoot, Backstreet Boys, Greazy Meal), and hits on June 16th.  I wrote the horn arrangements and recorded the Hornheads on 3 tracks, “Much Better”, “Hey Baby”, and “WW3”. Our horns for the first 2 are on the CD, but it looks like we got aced out of the tracks we did for “WW3” by horn God, Jerry...

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