Already an accomplished jazz singer, 18-year-old vocalist, pianist, and composer Joshua Tazman can do everything from scatting bebop to delivering subtle renditions of classics, all with a twinge of contemporary style that makes his music both mature and surprising.
The young artist has recently won the 2016 DownBeat Student Awards (vocal jazz solo, high school division), the 2016 PDX Jazz Forward competition (high school vocal solo division), and has been honored by numerous other organizations such as Michael Feinstein’s Great American Songbook Initiative and the National YoungArts Foundation in 2015. Joshua has performed with a wide variety of well-known jazz artists, most notably in an opening set for Universal Consciousness, a group that included great saxophonists Pharoah Sanders and Ravi Coltrane, in 2016. He has also sung with Great American Songbook interpreter Michael Feinstein, bassist Marcus Shelby, Brazilian pianist/composer Jovino Santos Neto, saxophonists Dave Koz and Michael Zilber, and vocalist Sandy Cressman.
In addition to his jazz work, he writes original music which throws in doses of contemporary crossover music in the vein of Jamie Cullum and Esperanza Spalding to create sophisticated yet accessible songs. He performs this work regularly around the Bay Area with his trio. On April 3, Joshua released his debut EP, Jump, produced by Mark Mazzetti for Record Company in a Box, in conjunction with a sold out release party held at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley. He regularly fills a 3-hour set at the Old Skool Cafe and has performed at Hotel Donatello and been an opening artist at Doc’s Lab and Feinstein’s at the Nikko.
Joshua is one of 60 candidates for the Presidential Scholars in the Arts Awards (the candidates are chosen from over 11,000 applicants). Finalists will be chosen in April. He’s also appearing both as a vocal soloist and with his band, The Advanced HS Jazz Workshop I from the Berkeley Jazzschool, at the Next Generation Jazz Festival in Monterey April 1-2.
Flamenco Sketches: https://soundcloud.com/joshua-tazman/flamenco-sketches-live
Let the Light In (original): https://soundcloud.com/joshua-tazman/sets/jump