Joshua Espinoza | Short Bio With a style that is tastefully modern yet firmly rooted in the jazz tradition, Baltimore pianist Joshua Espinoza blends and bends genres into original compositions and arrangements that are immediately relatable, yet hard to define. Recently, Joshua has performed alongside such notable artists as Warren Wolf, Dezron Douglas, Jerome Jennings, Paul Bollenback, Miho Hazama, Alex Norris, John D’earth, Mike Pope, Kris Funn, Brian Settles, Todd Marcus, and Chuck Redd. A finalist in the 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition, his playing has been heard on stages large and small including the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, The Kennedy Center, the Barns at Wolftrap, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the DC Jazz Festival. To read and hear more, visit www.joshuaespinoza.com.
Joshua Espinoza | Long Bio An avid performer and educator, Baltimore pianist Joshua Espinoza balances his time sharing music on the stage and off. As a performer, Josh 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 the DC Jazz Festival. With a style that is tastefully modern yet firmly rooted in the jazz tradition, Josh blends and bends genres into original compositions and arrangements that are immediately relatable, yet hard to define. Joshua 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). Joshua was a recipient of a 2018 Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Individual Artist Award for composition. Each summer, Josh serves on the piano faculty at the Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, MI and was previously on the faculties of the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Franklin College (IN), and Morehead State University (KY). Joshua holds a B.M. in Piano Performance from Furman University (SC) and an M.M. in Jazz Studies (minor in classical piano) from Indiana University. Currently, Joshua is a freelance performer and teacher in Baltimore, MD. Visit his website for his upcoming performances: www.joshuaespinoza.com.
The Joshua Espinoza Trio Possessing a wide color palette, the Joshua Espinoza Trio explores shimmering harmonies and shifting orchestral contours with the aesthetic of a chamber ensemble as much as a jazz trio. Influenced by artists as disparate as Herbie Hancock, bassist Avishai Cohen, Gerald Clayton, and Maurice Ravel, the Joshua Espinoza trio takes listeners on a journey for the ears and mind alike. Josh Espinoza (piano), Mikel Combs (bass), Jaron Lamar Davis (drums).
Audience engagement | philosophy
The audience is the single most important consideration for me and my trio. Our concerts and shows will ALWAYS feature recognizable music from the past 50 years, including songs by the Beatles, Burt Bacharach, the Eagles, and folk music that transcends generations. Listeners deserve to hear songs and melodies they love, and we play them with sophistication and creativity. We will guide our audience to a place of greater appreciation for instrumental music and improvisation by way of music they can relate to, whether in style or melody. In keeping with this goal, our original material is highly melodic and accessible, capturing the ear and imagination of our listeners. We are convinced this model will grow jazz audiences beyond their current confines, gaining new patrons for ourselves and venues alike. - Joshua Espinoza
May 2018 | Jack Kilby & the Front Line w/ Corey Wallace | Mr. Henry's (Washington, D.C.) February, 2018 | Joshua Espinoza w/ country singer Amber Lawrence | Embassy of Australia (Washington, D.C.) January, 2018 | The Joshua Espinoza Trio | An Die Musik Live! (Baltimore, MD) November, 2017 | Brad Linde Expanded Ensemble with Miho Hazama | Atlas Performing Arts Center (Washington, D.C.) October, 2017 | Jessica Boykin-Settles Quintet | Terrace Theater, The Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.) May, 2017 | Warren Wolf Quintet with Imani Grace-Cooper, Jeff Reed, and Eric Kennedy | Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.) May, 2017 | DiDi Wilson Quintet with Nasar Abadey, Sarah Hughes, and Kris Monson | An Die Musik (Baltimore) March, 2017 | Jack Kilby & the Front Line with John D'earth and Charles Owens | St. Elmo's Pub (Alexandria, VA) March, 2017 | Todd Marcus Quintet with Paul Bollenback, Kris Funn, and Eric Kennedy | Baltimore Theater Project (Baltimore) February, 2017 | Todd Marcus Quintet with Tom Williams, Zack Page, and Eric Kennedy | Westminster Presbyterian Church (Washington, D.C.) November, 2016 | Jeff Antoniuk Quartet with Mike Pope and Frank Russo | 49 West Coffeehouse (Annapolis, MD) September, 2016 | Chuck Redd Quartet | The Mainstay (Rock Hall, MD)