About

Saxophonist and composer Joshua Jaswon has been a thriving feature on the UK and European jazz scenes since his days as a student at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

Following graduating in 2010 with a 1st class honours degree; being awarded a two-year Artists Fellowship; and enrolling on the highly prestigious European Jazz Masters Course at the Jazz-Institut Berlin, Joshua now leads his own small and large ensembles featuring some of the most highly rated young jazz musicians in Europe.

Joshua has made appearances in the London Jazz Festival, Copenhagen Jazz Festival, City of London Festival, Berlin Instrument of the Year Festival, performed at venues such as Ronnie Scotts, LSO St. Luke’s, Kings Place, The Vortex, The Elgar Room, Kunstfabrik Schlot Berlin, Brorson’s Kirken Copenhagen, Dokkhuset Trondheim, La Gare Paris and the Barbican Theatre; has been broadcast on Jazz FM and BBC Radio 3 and led educational workshops.

The debut album, Ribbons, of Joshua’s quintet was released to critical acclaim in 2015. Joshua’s second-album, an ambitious long-form composition for octet, will be released in Autumn 2020 and features the Dutch vocalist Anna Serierse.

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.

While completing on a full scholarship the highly regarded European Jazz Masters program Joshua spent two-years immersing himself in the Berlin, Paris and Copenhagen jazz scenes. He studied with iconic musicians including Peter Weniger, Greg Cohen, Torben Snekkestad, Jakob Bro, François Théberge and Riccardo Del Fra.