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Joshua Espinoza

An avid performer and educator, Baltimore pianist Joshua Espinoza balances his time sharing music on the stage and off. As a performer, Espinoza has played with renowned artists including Warren Wolf, Dezron Douglas, Jerome Jennings, Paul Bollenback, Miho Hazama, Alex Norris, John D’earth, Mike Pope, Kris Funn, Brian Settles, Todd Marcus, Chuck Redd, Ryan McGillicudy, Eugene Goss, and Gail Wynters, and on national stages including the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, The Kennedy Center, the Barns at Wolftrap, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and Keystone Korner Baltimore. With a style that is tastefully modern yet firmly rooted in the jazz tradition, Espinoza blends and bends genres into original compositions and arrangements that are immediately relatable, yet hard to define.

Currently a member of the music faculty at the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, Espinoza was a finalist in the 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition, and was named "Most Promising Semi-Finalist" in the UNISA International Jazz Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa (2016)

The ELLIS MARSALIS International Jazz Piano Competition presents THE FINALISTS

Label: Nu Jazz Records/Nu Jazz Entertainment
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Street Light Serenade (Original) -Joshua Espinoza; 2. Saint Mark's Place (Original) - Ben Paterson; 3. Mambo Inn - Arcoiris Sandoval; 4. Mozartin - Isaiah J. Thompson; 5. Walking To New Orleans - Oscar Rossignoli; 6. Cochise - Rina Yamazaki; 7. Confirmation - Dave Meder; 8. Just Squeeze Me – Joshua Espinoza feat Camille Thurman; 9. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most - Ben Paterson; 10.. Fox Hunt - Arcoiris Sandova; 11. IT Department (Original) - Isaiah J. Thompson; 12. Heart Beat (Original) - Oscar Rossignoli ; 13. My Funny Valentine – Rina Yamazaki; 14. After - Dave Meder

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Joshua Espinoza: Journey Into Night

Read "Journey Into Night" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

"Sento che la mia arte abita lo spazio tra jazz e musica classica. Sono innamorato di compositori come Debussy, Ravel, Chopin ma cerco la libertà di Art Tatum e Bill Evans." Con queste parole il giovane pianista di Baltimora, Joshua Espinoza, si presenta in occasione del debutto in trio con Mikel Combs al contrabbasso e Jaron ...

Journey Into Night

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2019
Track listing: Always Something there To Remind Me; In My Life; Streetlight Serenade; Nocturne For Anna Marie; Take The A Train; Shenandoah; Unwelcome Dream; Birdsong; Desperado.

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Jaimie Branch, Kris Davis, Kneebody and More New Releases

Read "Jaimie Branch, Kris Davis, Kneebody and More New Releases" reviewed by Ludovico Granvassu

September! What a month. The summer is over... so are the summer festivals... but that is also the month when record labels start churning out some of their best releases to bring the temperature up in advance of the end-of-year polls and listicles. So here comes an onslaught of heavy-hitters with their new or upcoming releases, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Joshua Espinoza Trio: Journey Into Night

Read "Journey Into Night" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

“Let's all get up, And dance to a tune That was a hit Before your mother was born." So said Paul McCartney, way back in another century, on the Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour (Capitol, 1968). On his debut release, pianist Joshua Espinoza gets into that McCartney-esque frame of mind ...

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They're New to Me

Read "They're New to Me" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Four 2019 releases are in the dock this session, and three are so new they won't drop until June. We've got two trios who are willing to search beyond the Great American Songbook for material, largely with positive results; a prog epic whose cover is a lot more ethno-musical than its contents; and a young and ...

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Marshall University And The Nu Jazz Agency Announce The Winners Of The 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition In Huntington, West Virginia

Marshall University And The Nu Jazz Agency Announce The Winners Of The 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition In Huntington, West Virginia

Marshall University, a leading institution of higher education in West Virginia, and the Nu Jazz Agency, have announced the winners of the inaugural 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition held on June 22- 23, 2018 in Huntington, WV (U.S.A.). Ben Paterson (Philadelphia, PA) wonFirst Place; Rina Yamazaki (Saitama, Japan) won Second Place & The Nu ...


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