Joshua Espinoza Trio


Sat Jan 15 2022 at 08:00 pm to 10:15 pm


Rudy's Jazz Room | Nashville, TN

Joshua Espinoza Trio
Joshua Espinoza Trio
About this Event

Possessing a wide color palette, the Joshua Espinoza Trio, with Kris Monson on bass and Jaron Lamar Davis on drums, 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. Through their genre-bending approach to songwriting, they've built a cross-generational audience of diverse backgrounds bound together by their love of good music. Their debut album "Journey Into Night" was released in June 2019.

Navigating a fine line between two cultures is nothing new for American pianist and composer Joshua Espinoza. As the son of a Mexican immigrant father and rural Appalachian mother, the pull of multiple distinct identities has always been a reality for him. "Growing up Latino in the American South" says Espinoza, "I felt like I had to navigate social situations carefully, even within my own family."

In his music, one can hear Espinoza swerving between identities. "I feel like my playing inhabits the space between jazz and classical music. I'm enamored with composers like Debussy, Ravel, Chopin, but crave the freedom of Art Tatum and Bill Evans." As a pianist, Espinoza is particularly adept at switching seamlessly from shimmering impressionism to virtuosic outbursts akin to Chick Corea or Keith Jarrett, whom he cites as major influences. In sound, as in life, Espinoza has learned to adapt to situations on the fly, making for enthralling music on the bandstand. What's the place of an artist in this increasingly chaotic social landscape? According to Espinoza, "music is one of the few things that can bring people together, despite our differences. If my songs can quiet a listener's mind for just a moment, and allow these perceived distinctions to drip away, then I’ve achieved my goal as an artist."

An avid performer and educator, American pianist Joshua Espinoza balances his time sharing music on the stage and off. As a performer, Joshua has performed 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.

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.

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All patrons are required to provide proof that you are vaccinated for Covid-19, OR proof of a negative Covid-19 test that was administered within 72 hours of the date on which you are attending a show at Rudy’s Jazz Room. Proof of vaccination and test results must bear a name that matches the government-issued identification for the patron that is seeking entry. We accept a picture or scan on your cell phone, photocopy, or original document of your CDC-issued vaccination card. We will accept a printed, or digital copy of a negative Covid-19 test result from a test given within 72 hours of the date of the show you are attending.

This show is 21 and over only. All sales are final and we unfortunately cannot offer any refunds. Additional tickets may be available at the door on the day of the show even if it is sold out online.

Please try to arrive 15 minutes prior to the show start time. If you do not arrive within 45 minutes after the show start time on your ticket your seat may be resold to other patrons at the door. If you arrive after 45 minutes from the start time of the show and your ticket has been resold, although we cannot guarantee it, we will try our best to make space for you to attend the show.


Where is it happening?

Rudy's Jazz Room, 809 Gleaves Street, Nashville, United States

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USD 22.00 to USD 132.00

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