Josh Rzepka Josh Rzepka

Twenty-seven year old rising trumpeter and composer Josh Rzepka has been described as “a musician who doesn’t believe in limits” by the Tribune Chronicle, and as being “gifted” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. He has been heralded not only for his jazz playing and composing, but for his classical trumpet playing as well.

With his second jazz album Into the Night, he follows up his debut classical CD, Josh Rzepka: Baroque Music for Trumpet (2010) and his critically acclaimed debut jazz CD Midwest Coast (2009).

Quickly establishing himself as one of the most versatile upcoming performers in classical and jazz music, Josh has performed across the country at famed venues including Severance Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Cleveland’s NightTown, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Knitting Factory in NYC. As a soloist Josh has presented recitals and concerts ranging from the baroque, to modern, to original jazz.

In 2011 Josh was recognized by the Akron Area Arts Alliance with their 2011 Arts Alive! Rising Young Star award. This biennial award was a big honor for Josh and he was thrilled to receive recognition from his home town of Akron.

When you ask Josh which kind of music he enjoys performing the most, ��” classical or jazz ��” he’ll tell you, “As far as I am concerned, there are only two kinds of music: good and bad. Personally, I like playing good music. As soon as you start to classify music any other way, I think you miss out on its true spirit.”

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”...an impressive display of chops and taste...Rzepka has crafted a winning, listenable recording debut. Mainstream, bop-based jazz at its most accessible, Midwest Coast is never bland or overly smooth.” - Carlo Wolff - Cleveland SCENE

“Rzepka, who plays with a cool, relaxed warm tone...” - Malcolm X Abram: Akron Beacon Journal

“...There are pretty ballads, a few bossa-novas...and some straight-ahead swinging bop such as the title tune, which should get jazz lovers' toes tapping.” - Malcolm X Abram - Akron Beacon Journal

“Rzepka displays a refreshing grasp of melody and economy of phrase, and, in the singularly lovely “Song for a New Year,” he expresses emotional depth beyond his 25 years.” - Carlo Wolff - Cleveland SCENE

“Playing a muted trumpet can be a bit of a tightrope act

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Primary Instrument

Trumpet

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

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Albums by Josh Rzepka

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