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Hi. Welcome to SebastianMoon.com!. Who is Sebastian Moon? Well, he's nobody real. He's a fictitious character, a mythical figure, an iconic role model I made up to embody an ideal. In my imagination, he's so in tune with the vibe, so on time and on the money, so intuitive, he follows the phases of the moon. While nobody has ever actually seen him, it is rumored  that he only shows up when the music is totally happening, and the groove is tight, right in the pocket. On a good night, you just might feel the guiding spirit of Sebastian Moon lifting up the bandstand. But you won't notice him, because you're too far inside the music...

My name is Mel Nusbaum.  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 so I have started playing piano in public as well. For many years I have composed original jazz tunes, bossa novas, ballads, and funky jazz riffs, but recently people have reacted positively to my writing, so I put together 'The Mel Book', which is a collection of lots of these tunes, several of which have nice lyrics as well.

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 person.

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.

 




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