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© 2018 joshuarobertsmusic

JR

Josh Roberts is a drummer and composer recognized for his genre blurring approach to musical situations and improvising. Currently based in New York City, he performs and records extensively in North and South America, Europe and the U.K., Brazil and is an adjunct instructor at New York University.

Josh has performed and shared the stage with Immanuel Wilkins, Rufus Reid, Hillsong NYC, Janis Siegel (New York Voices), Rich Perry (Village Vanguard Orchestra), Christina Bianco, Benny Benack III, Will Vinson, Jamey Aebersold, John Fedchock, Brad & Rebekah, Chuck Rainey, Godwin Louis, Tom "Bones" Malone, Monika Herzig, Manuel Fischer-Dieskau, Andre Nendza and more.

Josh received the Armand Zildjian, Kenny Aronoff and David N. Baker scholarships to attend Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. Upon graduating he received the highest award given to graduating seniors the Senior Recognition Award.

Josh  soon received the first annual Freddie Gruber Scholarship from the National Percussive Arts Society and was asked to bring his trio to their annual educators event to perform at their national convention PASIC.

Josh self-released and toured on his debut release Two Worlds in 2016 and is set to release his second album as a leader Cecil Colors in Fall 2018 featuring fellow NYC Jazz musicians.

Having been in NYC for under two years, Josh has established himself as a sideman to many Jazz and Broadway leaders, began and hosts a NYC bi-weekly Harlem Jazz session featuring these great Jazz leaders, maintains a regular studio schedule, serves on the Hillsong NYC drum team, is adjunct instructor at New York University and tours nationally with Recording Artists Brad & Rebekah, and tours internationally with Monika Herzig and his own group.

Josh also believes in giving back and has established a prominent, interactive social media presence, as well as teaches privately and travels conducting workshops around the world.