Welcome! This web site is dedicated to my creative life in music and art.
My name is Mel Nusbaum. I play guitar and piano. Originally from Chicago, I grew up playing blues guitar,
but I love all forms of music, so after I moved to New York City I played jazz, latin,
funk, freejazz, doowop, rock, pop, and whatever with all kinds of terrific groups. I even
ran a wedding band for a while. I love harmonies, so I studied piano with Roland
Hanna and Barry Harris, and I have started playing piano as well. For many
years I have composed original jazz tunes, bossa novas, ballads, and funky jazz
riffs. People have reacted positively to my writing, so I put together 'The Mel
Book." It's a collection of my favorite original tunes, several of which have nice lyrics as
Lately I have been with a group we call ZONE, and if you will click the menu on the
left you can find out about this adventurous musical unit, and sample some of our
original music, much of it from The Mel Book. I hope you have a chance to hear us in
As you browse this site, you can also experience some of my art, poetry, mosaics,
crafts, and even some selections from music CD's that I have produced. One of these CD's,
'Our Love', is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby. So, please help
yourself - I hope you enjoy my work. Feel free to leave comments if you like.