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Joshua Trinidad

Joshua Trinidad (trumpet, flugelhorn, piano, electronics) was born on January 10th, 1983, in Loveland, Colorado. Trinidad’s formal music training began at age nine, when his mother and father enrolled him in trumpet lessons at a local school in Denver, Colorado. This was a unique time for Joshua; he was introduced to artists such as Arturo Sandoval, Wynton Marsalis, Joshua Redman, and Hugh Ragin. It is clear that Joshua is heavily influenced by these artists and musical genres such as rock, rap, hip-hop, and electronica and world music along with these notable artists. Later Trinidad was introduced to artist such as Tony Bennett, The Temptations, Patsy Cline, Earth Wind & Fire, and Vicente Fernandez. Vikan Middle School in Brighton, Colorado at that time had an exceptional jazz program lead by local trumpeter Paul Weiss. Although Trinidad quickly became an accomplished trumpeter, he was often more interested in popular music than jazz. Experimenting with the trumpet and keyboards, he would seldom practice classroom music. The Brighton High School jazz band, directed by Ted Worth, won several competitions, with Joshua usually named the best soloist. Though he still didn’t practice classroom music, he was listening more and more, rediscovering the music of Lee Morgan, Donald Byrd and Miles and also absorbing styles of Lester Bowie, Wadada Leo Smith, Ron Miles, Cuong Vu, Roy Hargrove, Russell Gunn and others. Always a serious student, Joshua’s academic studies took precedence over music sometimes. With straight A’s throughout high school, he graduated in 2001, top 10% in his class. He wanted to become a musician and was accepted early admission to Western State College in Colorado. Colorado has always suited him well; he could be in a city with a strong music scene (Denver) and still concentrate on his studies. After transferring a year later to cool out, Joshua entered Metro State College in Denver Colorado in the fall of 2002 as a music education honors student majoring in trumpet.

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”There's only a handful of naturally gifted musicians, and Joshua's one of them. Every time you hear him he's at a higher level.” --Rocky Mountain News

”Joshua is changing the way the trumpet is played in our new millennium.” --Denver Post

”Not since the young lion’s movement have we heard a musician like Joshua Trinidad.”


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