Born: September 8, 1988
Joshua says, when asked about his music. I want to tell my own story. His is a generation of Jazz Majors, fresh out of college. They know the 'licks' and the Real Books, and can emulate a rolodex of jazz icons on command. With Songs of the Brother Spirit, Joshua has begun to tell a new story.
The themes of brotherhood and growing up drive Songs of the Brother Spirit (2013, Truth Revolution Records). Eight biographical pieces grow and develop, toeing the line between nostalgia and burgeoning adulthood. The main story is about his longtime friend Justin, someone whom Kwassman idolized and followed through his youth. We went on as many adventures as we could, back then. When you're little, though, anything can seem like an adventure - even a half-mile walk to the center of town....
When You Dream
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New York, NY
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Have taught students for over five years, in areas ranging from Clarinet, Flute, Piano, and Saxophone to composition and music theory. Able to teach all ages, beginner to advanced. Lessons tailored to your needs, not to my own belief system. Flexible availability, some weekdays, all weekends. Rates available upon contact.
I work best with saxophones, however I also specialize in rhythm section accompaniment and entire band phrasing. I have played in many big bands, including the New York Jazz Classic, which performs with Ingrid Jensen at Lincoln Center, as well as with the Jack Jeffers Big Band. I also compose and arrange for big band, and have had my work recorded professionally. I work with all ages and skill levels, and am eager to help bring your band to the next level.