JAZZ – Josh Espinoza Trio

On Friday, October 4, Furman alumnus Josh Espinoza (https://www.joshuaespinoza.com/) will bring his jazz trio to campus for a concert, also in the Recital Hall at 8:00 PM. Tickets for his concert are $5 and free for Furman students. 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. Their debut album, "Journey Into Night," was released June 2019. Josh Espinoza | Piano | FU class of '11 An avid performer and educator, 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, Paul Bollenback, Dezron Douglas, Jerome Jennings, Miho Hazama, Alex Norris, John D’earth, Mike Pope, Kris Funn, Eric Kennedy, Todd Marcus, Chuck Redd, Nassar Abadey, Brian Settles, Brent Birckhead, 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 Fest. Currently, Joshua is a member of the adjunct faculty of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, where he teaches jazz piano lessons. Every summer, Joshua serves on the piano faculty at Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan, where he teaches private classical piano and introductory jazz piano classes. Former faculty positions included Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Franklin College (IN), and Morehead State University (KY). Joshua holds a Masters Degree in Jazz studies and a minor in classical piano performance from Indiana University where he studied with pianists Jean-Louis Haguenauer and Luke Gillespie. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from Furman University in Greenville, SC, where he studied with Ruby Morgan. While at Furman, Josh was a winner of Furman's Biennial Concerto Competition, performing the final movement of Bartók's Piano Concerto No. 3 with the Furman Symphony Orchestra under the baton of composer Jay Bocook. ​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. ​www.jaronlamardavis.com Mikel Combs | Bass A versatile acoustic and electric bassist, Mikel Combs has performed extensively in New York, Los Angeles, the Midwest, and the Mid-Atlantic region. 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.
  • By cvbizz
  • September 10, 2019
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