Josh Workman began playing guitar at age 10 and by the tender age of 13 was already out performing in the smoke-filled bars of San Francisco’s infamous North Beach. While still underage, he spent many nights hiding out in the back rooms of these clubs, as the venue owners tried to conceal him from the beat cops patrolling the area. At times, Josh’s school teachers would come watch him perform into the wee-hours, always wondering if he would be too tired to make it to class the next morning. Through his high school years, Josh attended the School of the Arts during the day, all the while continuing to perform and record at night and on weekends. Some of his earliest guitar teachers included Ray Scott, Tuck Andress (Tuck & Patti), Dave Creamer and Bruce Foreman.
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There are lots of jazz guitarists out there who can play in a Django--Grappelli style, and many who can play bop or Latin jazz. But not many of them are equally comfortable in all of those styles, and that's just part of what makes Josh Workman very special as a guitarist and bandleader.
--Rick Anderson, All Music Guide
...genuine integrity and soul on each and every track...['Jumpin' At The Border'] is one of the most enjoyable albums I have heard so far this year and I would recommend it to anyone.
--Joe Knipes, Jazz Improv Magazine
An ambitious effort...some well--played jazz.
--John Ephland, DownBeat Magazine
...a phenomenal musician...Workman's rich CD contexts and amazing performances serve as inspirational examples for jazz guitarists young and old
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced students
I have been teaching for twenty years, back in New York and here in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to my own studio, my teaching includes classes at San Francisco State, Jazz Camp West, Blue Bear School of American Music, clinics all over the U.S. w/ the Hot Club of San Francisco, and about seven years worth of lesson articles for Guitar Player and other magazines.
A couple of the classes that I enjoy teaching are:
BEBOP SOLOING FOR GUITAR, Josh Workman, beg-int; This class introduces a set of tools that, though
rooted in bebop, will help students develop strong phrasing in any musical style