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 and current faculty member of the renowned Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, 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, Joshua 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, Joshua 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, 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, Joshua 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 composer Maurice Ravel, the Joshua Espinoza trio takes listeners on a journey for the ears and mind alike.
Mikel Combs | Bass A versatile acoustic and electric bassist, Mikel Combs has performed extensively in New York, Los Angeles, the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. An in-demand artist currently based in the Washington, D.C. metro area, Mikel has performed and recorded with many local, national and international jazz artists. He holds a B.M. and M.M. from the University of North Texas, recently completed a D.M.A. at the University of Illinois-Champaign, and has studied extensively with Lynn Seaton, Larry Gray, and Jeff Bradetich.
Jaron Lamar Davis | Drums Multi-faceted drummer Jaron Lamar Davis has quickly become a genre-defying voice in the rapidly changing music industry. In high demand on the jazz, funk, neo-soul, and gospel scenes, Jaron has recorded and performed with countless high profile musicians. Initially self-taught, he has gone on to perform and record with notable artists such as Jay Daversa, Bill Reeder, Dave Napier, Dontae Winslow, Immanual Wilkins, Ameen Saleem, Mark Meadows, and Rochelle Rice. A composer and leader in his own right, he recently released his debut album "My View Through the Lens of Music" to critical acclaim, and his next project is slated for release in late 2019.
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
December 2018 | Miho Hazama Big Band | Castleton Music Festival (Castleton, VA) December 2018 | Lena Seikaly Trio | Gaithersburg Arts Barn (Gaithersburg, MD) October 2018 | Brad Linde Big Band w/ Brian Krock | Levine Music (Washington, D.C.) October 2018 | Jack Kilby & the Front Line w/ John D'earth,Charles Owens | Mr. Henry's (Washington, D.C.) September 2018 | The Joshua Espinoza Trio | Chestertown Jazz Festival (Chestertown, MD) 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) 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 | 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)