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. Recent collaborators include such notable artists as Warren Wolf, Paul Bollenback, Miho Hazama, Alex Norris, John D’earth, Mike Pope, Kris Funn, Brian Settles, Todd Marcus, and Chuck Redd. A recent semi-finalist in several national and international jazz competitions, 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, 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. Josh was a recipient of a 2017 Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) Individual Artist Award for composition. In January 2016, Josh was a semi-finalist in the UNISA International Jazz Piano Competition in Pretoria, South Africa where he was named “Most Promising Semi-Finalist.” He was previously a semi-finalist in the American Jazz Pianist Competition (2014) in Melbourne, FL. 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). Josh 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, Josh 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).
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)