Joshua Espinoza Trio Concert
The Joshua Espinoza Trio
Possessing a wide color palette, the Joshua Espinoza Trio explores shimmering harmonies and shifting orchestral contours with the aesthetic of a chamber ensemble as much as a jazz trio. Stylistically, the trio draws inspiration from uniquely American musical traditions (jazz, folk, and blues) alongside classical impressionism, chamber music, and pop. Inspired by artists as disparate as Herbie Hancock, bassist Avishai Cohen, Gerald Clayton, and composer Maurice Ravel, the Joshua Espinoza trio takes listeners on a journey for the ears and mind alike.
About the Artists:
Latino-American pianist Joshua Espinoza blends and bends genres into a style that is immediately relatable yet difficult to define. Fusing the spontaneity of jazz with soaring folk melodies, shimmering impressionism, and head bopping backbeats, Espinoza explores the art of musical storytelling with the refinement of classical chamber music but the freedom of jazz. Espinoza has performed professionally with jazz luminaries such as Sean Jones, Warren Wolf, Miho Hazama, Jihye Lee, Paul Bollenback, John D’earth, Mike Pope, Chuck Redd, and Kris Funn.
A finalist in the 2018 Ellis Marsalis International Jazz Piano Competition, his playing has been heard on international stages including the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Blues Alley, Keystone Korner, The Jazz Kitchen, The Kennedy Center, the Barns at Wolftrap, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the DC Jazz Festival. His debut album ‟Journey Into Night” – released in June 2019 – is available on all platforms. Currently, Joshua resides in Baltimore, MD. To read and hear more, visit www.joshuaespinoza.com.
Kris Monson | Bass
New York City’s Kris Monson is quickly becoming an in-demand bassist in the city’s bustling jazz scene. Most recently, Kris has performed alongside Ari Hoenig, Marc Cary, Tyshawn Sorey, Lalah Hathaway, Arturo O’Farrill, Jim McNeely, Vince Mendoza, Ingrid Jensen, and John D’earth. A graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, his performances have taken him to national venues including Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola (NYC), The Kennedy Center, Blues Alley, Smoke Jazz Club, and Smalls Jazz Club. His compositions for orchestra have been premiered at the Banff Center, Sewanee Summer Music Festival, and the Manhattan School of Music.
Jaron Lamar Davis | Drums
Multi-faceted drummer Jaron Lamar Davis has quickly become a genre-defying voice in the rapidly changing music industry. In high demand on the jazz, funk, neo-soul, and gospel scenes, Jaron has recorded and performed with countless high profile musicians. Initially self-taught, he has gone on to perform and record with notable artists such as Jay Daversa, Bill Reeder, Dave Napier, Dontae Winslow, Immanual Wilkins, Ameen Saleem, Mark Meadows, and Rochelle Rice. A composer and leader in his own right, he recently released his debut album “My View Through the Lens of Music” to critical acclaim.