Born: May 20, 1986 Primary Instrument: Drums
Joshua was born in London into a musical family on May 20th 1986. He was constantly surrounded by music and by the end of Primary school Joshua was studying Clarinet, Orchestral Percussion and teaching himself Drum Kit.
Growing up in Derbyshire, Joshua attended County Youth Orchestras, Wind Bands and Jazz Bands throughout secondary school, with opportunities for European travel and the highlight of performing in Japan.
Joshua was playing professionally by the age of 15 with his quartet ‘Midnight Blue’. These concerts provided opportunities to perform alongside headline acts from London. Joshua was able to hear and meet many of his future colleagues (Tom Cawley (Curios), Tom Herbert (Polar Bear, The Invisible), Dave O’Higgins (Kyle Eastwood Band), Gilad Atzmon (Sarah Gillespie band) and Gerard Presencer....
Awards:BBC radio 3 jazz line up best band 2008
BK Drummer Magazine:
“Seriously funky grooves courtesy of Blackmore…It’s dirty noisy and needs to be in your collection.”
“Tricksy beat manipulator”
“Blackmore very much the contemporary drummer, drawing as easily on hip-hop and drum'n'bass-type beats as on more conventional jazz rhythms, considerably enlivening the whole band sound in the process.”
Martin Longely BBC:
“Blackmore's drum patterns are highly detailed”
Daniel Spicer Jazzwise:
“...calling on Blackmore to use considerable skills and confidence in navigating intricate clockwork constructions full of treacherous twists and turns, devious time signatures and oddly off-kilter grooves ………Blackmore enjoys the freedom to improvise within the rigid structures, one moments urging the trio on, the next holding back behind the beat with a laconic, almost sarcastic insouciance. Cerebral without being self-conscious, playful without seeming glib, this fine debut is simply bursting with intelligence and wit.”
“...with Blackmore’s subtly detailed drumming a particular delight…to roaming around his kit in a display of controlled exuberance. Throughout the album Blackmore skilfully deploys the full sonic capabilities of his kit, using sticks and brushes, skins and rims, and exhibits a sublime touch at the cymbals. He seems to throw the whole kitchen sink into “The Tiling Song”. Blackmore gets better every time I see him”
“Young Derby drummer Josh Blackmore puts the group up with the world-class practitioners of this intricate and intimate kind of jazz…bumpy tatoos, hi-hat hisses and intensifying drama turn into miniature epics.”
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Willing to teach:
Currently teaching for Brent Music Service.
Available for private lessons. £30ph