Verve Jazz Ensemble leader Josh Feldstein has been a jazz drummer for more than 30 years. The VJE's 5th album, Connect The Dots, to be released in July 2018, features Josh Feldstein on drums supported by an expanded VJE septet and a front line of horns including trumpet, tenor, alto / flute, and trombone. A native New Yorker who grew up on the NYC jazz scene, Josh has studied with drum legends John Riley and Joe Morello. Josh formed the VJE in 2006 as a local jazz group in the Danbury, CT area. The straight-ahead jazz group – which paid homage to the legendary music of the famed Verve record label – soon took off with a large local following. After many years, at the prompting of VJE fans, the band recorded its first album in 2012, “It’s About Time,” which hit #5 on the national JazzWeek radio charts in 2013. As an encore, in 2014, Josh guided the band through the recording of its second album, “East End Sojourn,” with famed guest guitarist Peter Bernstein joining the studio date. The album achieved significant status with jazz radio, the VJE reaching #8 on the national radio charts. The Verve Jazz Ensemble’s third album, “Perimeter,” the VJE's 3rd album, was released to significant acclaim in 2016. The VJE's 4th album, “Swing-A-Nova,” released in Fall 2017, spotlighted Josh on drums and the VJE rhythm section, reaching #6 on the national charts, and was winner of a Top 100 Album of 2017 by JazzWeek. Josh was born in Manhattan, and received his BA degree from Queens College, City University of New York.
A wild mix of classic Latin and classic jazz delivered in a post-bop, breakneck speed performance, the crew delivers
their hottest stuff yet. A great roller coaster ride right down the middle, they have no agenda but to play great and
make sure a grand time is had by all. Without a note out of place, this is the kind of bunch that can bring a party to a
stand still as everyone just gathers around the bandstand. Hot stuff throughout.
— Chris Spector, The Midwest Record
This is consistently an exciting and most impressive album, where the music is idiomatic and technically immaculate
and refreshingly free of the idiosyncrasies that so many of today’s jazz musicians bring to the music..