Harmonica, Ukulele, & Upright Bass
David “Moe” Nelson grew up in Champaign, Illinois, and has made and taught music on a part-time professional basis since the age of 18. During college in the early 1980s, his musical education included jazz string bass with the University of Illinois Jazz Band led by John Garvey. Moe has been in the Washington D.C. area since 1989, and by day is a Marine Biologist with NOAA. Primary instruments are string bass, harmonica, and ukulele, and he enjoys teaching harmonica in individual lessons and small group classes. He now plays with several D.C.-area groups, including the Hula Monsters, Grandsons, King Teddy, Hula Huskers, and others. In years past, Moe has had the honor of playing bass with nationally-known performers such as Bill Kirchen (King of Dieselbilly), Dan Hicks (swing songwriter), Maryann Price (jazz vocalist), Johnny Gimble (western swing fiddler), Jethro Burns (swing mandolinist), and Big Walter Horton (blues harmonica). Honors include Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) Awards for “World Music Male Vocalist” in 1999 and 2000, and many Wammie awards for groups and recordings. Although he has never lived in Hawai'i, Moe has a keen interest in Hawaiian music and culture, and this is reflected in his musical repertoire.