's band. Numerous TV credits include Saturday Night Live, BET on Jazz, PBS Great Performances, The Late Show with Jay Leno, The Tonight Show with David Letterman, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Live with Kelly and Michael.
Josh is a Conn-Selmer artist, two-time recipient of a Canada Council for the Arts Grant, and was a semi-finalist in the 2003 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Trombone competition. Author and All About Jazz contributor Trish Richardson also features him in her book The Soul of Jazz (Grayson James Press, 2011). With his newest record Songbook Trio and his previous album The Feeling of Jazz, Josh has secured his footing as an artist with a singular voice and vision as well as a leader on the trombone in the world of jazz.
I was always a musician. The transition from student to professional was only differentiated by a paycheck, but the sense of performing has never changed. The only time I ever had to make a decision was out of high school when I was a little lost like a lot of kids. However, my first day in college was like a train hitting me saying, "This is what you are supposed to do."
Your sound and approach to music:
I try to make clear and concise statements, thinking more in terms of how Hemingway would write. I like to play to what are the potential strengths of the trombone, the sounds I like, its range, and the way I like it articulated.
Your teaching approach:
Music is a language and like any language it's best not bury your head in the books. It is best to get out to hear and speak it in order to really learn the nuances.
Your dream band:
I would have loved to have been the trombonist for The Jazz Messengers
. In my opinion, some of JJ's best playing is on this record. Although the album on a whole isn't my favorite, it will always hold a place in my heart. It's just one of those things that comes at the right time in your life and when you are building yourself as a musician. It definitely lives up to its title.