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Primary Instrument: Piano

Born: May 17, 1986    

Josh Moshier is a jazz pianist and composer. His music has been performed by the Joel Spencer Quartet, Dick Oatts with the Northwestern Jazz Ensemble and by Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge at the 2008 International Jazz Composers Symposium. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Northwestern University, where he studied jazz piano with Joan Hickey, jazz arranging with Tom Garling and classical orchestration with Aaron Travers. Josh has written arrangements for Hal Leonard (All About Trumpet) and he composes music for Harpo Sounds (The Oprah Winfrey Show). Josh is a member of the Chicago Jazz Composers Collective, and he co-leads his own group with saxophonist Mike Lebrun...
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Awards

Recipient, 2009 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Grant
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    Joy Not Jaded

    OA2 Records
    2009

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Joy Not Jaded

OA2 Records (2009)

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Adam Greenberg, All Music Guide: ”Young jazz tends to go one of two directions in common form -- it can hold strictly to playing through classic ideas as the players get the music of the greats ingrained into them, or it can spin wildly out of control as the players show off their instrumental mastery with little regard for a strong, original melody. The Chicago quartet led by Josh Moshier (on outstanding keys throughout the album) and Mike Lebrun (on sax) takes neither of the standard tacks. Instead, Lebrun and Moshier craft straightforward but clever pieces of melody, then use the band as a whole to ornament heavily around the themes...

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