Trombonist/composer Josh Roseman was born and raised in the Boston metropolitan area. He has been living in New York City since 1990, where he has become a prominent new voice in the improvising musicians' community.
In the mid-1980's the teenaged Roseman began playing throughout the Boston-area club circuit with several popular jazz, soul and reggae bands, doubling on trombone and bass. He attended Berklee while still in high school and later enrolled at the New England Conservatory of Music on scholarship, under the guidance of George Garzone, John Swallow and trombonist Gary Valente.
In 1988 a chance recommendation began a long association with World Saxophone Quartet altoist/composer Oliver Lake. Roseman recorded and performed with Lake's ensemble for the first time that year, with a group featuring some of New York's boldest musical persona, including Greg Osby, Frank Lacy, Joe Bowie, Marty Ehrlich, Geri Allen, Michele Rosewoman, John Stubblefield, Fred Hopkins and Pheeroan Aklaff. The experience was persuasive; disenchanted with the isolated environment of the conservatory, Roseman moved to New York in 1990.