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Pianist Josh Nelson offers an L.A. history lesson with 'The Sky Remains'

Pianist Josh Nelson offers an L.A. history lesson with 'The Sky Remains'

Pianist Josh Nelson’s Fairfax District home is squeezed from all sides by the lore of old Los Angeles, and he is a student of the city’s many tales.

For Nelson’s newest release, “The Sky Remains,” out now on Origin Records, he invokes a handful of Southern California ghosts for an homage to the complicated past and promising future of his hometown with the help of some of L.A.’s best young jazz musicians, including vocalist Kathleen Grace, saxophonist Josh Johnson and drummer Dan Schnelle.

Nelson, 39, has worked tirelessly on the jazz scene since the late ’90s when he was juggling tours of China with classes at California State University Long Beach. He...

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