Jazz recording artist Josh Nelson has made an indelible impression on the International jazz scene. Josh has collaborated with the most respected names in music, including Natalie Cole, Sara Gazarek, Ralph Moore, Christian McBride, Anthony Wilson, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Ernie Watts, Tom Scott, Alex Acuna, Abraham Laboriel, Seamus Blake, Matt Wilson, Jack Sheldon, Peter Erskine, Robert Hurst, Larry Goldings, and Queen Latifah.
He has recorded five albums under his name. ‘First Stories’ (1998) “…solid and confident musicianship, with an innate sense of swing and rhythm.” – Mac McDonald., Anticipation (2004) an exploration of original composition, ‘Let it Go’ (2007), the critically acclaimed release on the jazz label Native Language Music, ‘I Hear a Rhapsody’ (2009), displays Josh’s strong original voice, daring interpretations of standards, and reinventions of rock tunes. His latest work, ‘Discoveries’ (2011), showcases original compositions for the trio augmented by added winds, voice and guitar, inspired by albums like Herbie Hancock’s Speak Like a Child, The Prisoner and Andrew Hill’s Point of Departure. Josh’s original music draws from a wealth of experience and influences but it is firmly planted in the classic jazz tradition.
His mentors include jazz pianist Cecilia Coleman, Buddy Collette, Bill Cunliffe, Alan Pasqua, Putter Smith, and Benny Green. Josh is the recipient of countless honors, awards, and scholarships including the Louis Armstrong Award, the John Phillip Sousa Award, and he was a semi-finalist in the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition.
“Josh is that rare young musician who has not only a wealth of study and experience under his belt (all but assuring him a prominent place in jazz music), but he also possesses those rarest of musical attributes: a touch, a tone, and a “sound” that are all identifiably his own.”
— Peter Erskine
Bassist and composer Matt Aronoff has been praised for his “musicianship at the highest level, paired with an incredibly emotional connection with the crowd” (Jazz Advocate). He has been deeply involved in the New York music scene since 2008, when he graduated from Manhattan School of Music and began touring with Grammy-nominated singer Luciana Souza. Well known for being, “greatly sensitive, with huge ears and a feel for accompaniment” (All About Jazz), Matt has been consistently touring and recording with many of New York and L.A.’s greats, such as Peter Eldridge, Fred Hersch, Sara Gazarek, Kenny Werner, The New York Voices, Jane Monheit, Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jo Lawry (Sting), Amy Cervini, Duchess, Matt Wilson, Spencer Day, Paul Bollenbeck, Gary Versace, Bruce Barth, Anat Cohen, Nadje Nordhuis, Sandra Bernhard, Alan Cumming, Anna Gasteyer, Perry Smith, Clarence Penn, Alison Wedding, Joel Frahm, and Laila Biali.
He is also currently a Teaching Artist through Carnegie Hall’s Weill Institute. Through this program he has had the opportunity to play and compose music with people in neglected communities such as hospitals, prisons, detention centers and homeless shelters.
Zach Harmon was born into a musical family in Wisconsin. He began studying classical piano at the age of three and continued for thirteen years. He was principal chair percussionist for most of his five-year stay with the Oshkosh Youth Symphony Orchestra before becoming a member of the Wisconsin State Honors Orchestra in 2002. In 2003, Zach became a member of the Clifford Brown/Stan Getz All-Stars with whom he toured through Japan and performed at the 2003 Monterey Jazz Festival. Also in 2003, Zach enrolled in the Thornton School of Music at USC where he studied with the great Terri Lyne Carrington for two years. After his sophomore year, he transferred to the Masters program at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz where he studied under the tutelage of many of the great masters of Jazz. In 2005, as a member of the Monk Institute, he toured with Jazz legends Wayne Shorter and Herbie Hancock performing in a cultural mission through Vietnam. In 2007, he toured again with Mr. Shorter and Mr. Hancock, this time throughout India.
Zach has studied tabla with Abhiman Kaushal for several years and recorded tabla on Terence Blanchard’s A Tale of God’s Will for Blue Note Records. This album, dedicated to the events of Hurricane Katrina, won a Grammy for Best Large Ensemble in 2007. Zach is currently based in Los Angeles and continues to teach and tour around the world.