Josh Cook

Josh is a saxophonist and recently relocated to Fredericksburg, VA from Okinawa, Japan. He attended Northern Arizona University and earned a Bachelor of Music. While at NAU he studied with saxophonist Wildy Zumwalt, Dr. Peter Vivona, and Joel Dibartolo. As a member of the NAU Jazz Ensemble, Josh performed with Bill Watrous, Don Menza, Marvin Stamm, and Ernie Watts. He recorded two CD's with the band on Sea Breeze Records and they took top prize in 1995 and 1996 at the Fullerton College Jazz Festival. In 1998, he moved to New York City to attend New York University and earned a Masters in Jazz. He studied/performed with George Garzone, Ralph Lalama, Dr. Tom Boras, Mike Holober, Kenny Werner, Tony Moreno, and Frank Foster and performed in a variety of New York City venues including Birdland. Josh also had the opportunity to be a soloist with the NYU Jazz Ensemble, conducted by Frank Foster and Mike Abene, at the 2001 IAJE Convention. After moving to Okinawa in 2002, he became very involved in the music scene playing in several bands around the island, including a regular Monday night jazz gig at the well known Kam's House in Naha. Since arriving in Fredericksburg, Josh has become an active woodwind teacher instructor as well as regular performer in the DC area in a variety of genres. He recently appeared as a guest soloist with country music legends, The Oak Ridge Boys.

Gear

Josh plays a Custom Yamaha tenor from 1993 and a Jody Jazz Hard Rubber 9* with Rico Jazz Filed 4S reeds.

Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor

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