Michael B. Nelson

Producer | Composer | Arranger | Trombonist | Head Hornhead

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EveryTHING bLOWs! – available now!!

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EveryTHING bLOWs! – available now!!

The Hornheads latest CD EveryTHING bLOWs! has been released. Get you physical copy at CD Baby now. “Side A” features the Hornheads signature “a cappella” jazz / funk sound, while “Side B” brings in a funky, high energy rhythm section featuring special guests, Vulfpeck guitarist Cory Wong, and Serbian phenom Petar Janjic on drums.

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Hornheads w/Cory Wong this summer!!

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Hornheads w/Cory Wong this summer!!

June 1st – Nitefall on the River in Des Moines, IA June 15th – Chicago IL, details to follow

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New Hornheads CD coming soon….

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It’s been in the can for quite some time, but it won’t be long….

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The rise of Cory Wong

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The rise of Cory Wong

We’re excited to be a part of all the great music Cory Wong (of Vulfpeck, Ben Rector) is putting together these days. We hooked up with Cory for the tail end of his latest month long U.S. tour in Chicago,  Madison, and finally our home base of Minneapolis, at the Fine Line. Check out the live shot video and excellent live mix of the Mpls show!! Check out the Hornheads work on Cory’s most recent albums, The Optimist and Cory Wong and the Green Screen Band. Cory has also made some of the horn arrangements and rhythm charts available...

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New Stefan Redtenbacher track

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New Stefan Redtenbacher track

Check out this super funky big band version of Stefan Redtenbacher’s Feed the Chicken now!!

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R.I.P Prince

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R.I.P Prince

4/21/2016 With great sadness we say goodbye to PRINCE, the musical genius that was the impetus for the Hornheads creation. My 25 year association with Prince started in 1991, traveling the world with him and the NPG on the Diamonds and Pearls tour. He was an uncompromising band leader and a flawless performer. Every show was a thrill beyond description that left you drained, yet exhilarated. I also had the privilege to write horn arrangements for, and record on dozens of his solo CDs and related artist projects, beginning with the 1992...

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Prince – HitnRun Phase II

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Prince – HitnRun Phase II

The Hornheads are featured “Baltimore”, “Rocknroll Loveaffair”, “Xtraloveable”, “Groovy Potential”, “When She Comes”, and “Black Muse”. Prince gave me a lot of freedom on the horn arrangements for this project, and asked me produce the horn and string sessions for “Baltimore”. This arrangement the first of several projects where he had us fully orchestrate his guitar solo. 

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Prince – HitnRun Phase I

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Prince – HitnRun Phase I

The Hornheads are featured on “Fall in Love 2Nite” and “Million $ Show” along with StrinGENIUS

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Prince- Art Official Age

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Prince- Art Official Age

Prince’s original instruction to me for this project was to produce an orchestral session for the song “Way Back Home”. As is sometimes the case, Prince ended up using the lovely strings and harp that Adi Yeshaya and StrinGENIUS laid down for the track in a different way. You can hear those parts on the interlude pieces titled Affirmation I,II, and III

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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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