‘….a young alto saxophonist of rare thoughtfulness and poise…makes all the right choices about when to turn up the heat and when to stay cool…a highly promising start to a recording career from a group that are also good value live…’
Brian Glasser, Jazzwise Magazine June 2015
Saxophonist and composer Joshua Jaswon has been a feature on the thriving London Jazz scene since his days as a student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Following graduating from the Guildhall School in 2010 with a 1st class honours degree and being awarded a two-year Guildhall Artists Fellowship, Joshua now leads his own quintet featuring some of the most highly rated young jazz musicians in the UK.
As an improviser and composer Joshua is interested in developing strong melodic frameworks as the basis for his group’s improvisations, and as an instrumentalist in combining vocal qualities of sonority and resonance with a rhythmic feeling steeped in swing.
Joshua grew up in London and from his early teens was going to gigs at the Jazz Café, Vortex, Bulls Head and Ronnie Scotts. He attended the jazz courses ran at WAC, (Weekend Arts College), originally set up by British jazz legend Ian Carr, and also the Royal Academy of Music’s Junior Jazz Course lead by the acclaimed musician and educator Nick Smart. It was under the tuition of Nick that Joshua became increasingly aware of the depth of jazz in the UK and came into direct contact learning and performing with figures such as Stan Sulzmann, John Parricelli and Nikki Iles.
During Joshua’s time at the Guildhall he studied jazz saxophone with artists such as Jean Toussaint, Martin Hathaway and Mark Hanslip and also classical saxophone with Christian Forshaw and John Harle. He participated in master classes given by musicians such as Marcus Roberts, Danilo Perez, and Rodney Whittaker and while only in his second year led the winning group in the 2008 Chartered Surveyors Jazz Ensemble Competition, endorsed by Jazzwise magazine.
As a part of the Artists Fellowship Joshua received following graduating he co-led and performed in the Guildhall Alumni Jazz Ensemble, with highlights including a collaborative concert with American bass legend David Friesen, and a concert in the Barbican Pit Theatre featuring the British jazz vibraphonist Jim Hart.
Joshua has made appearances in the London Jazz Festival, the City of London Festival, performed at venues such as The Vortex, Ronnie Scotts, Lauderdale House, LSO St. Luke’s, Kings Place, The Elgar Room, The Jazz Nursery, The Oxford, Matt and Phreds, The Barbican Pit Theatre and The Forge; has been broadcast on Jazz FM and BBC Radio 3 and led educational workshops.
The debut album, Ribbons, of Joshua’s current quintet was released on the 12th of March 2015.