Already an accomplished jazz singer, 17-year-old vocalist and pianist 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.

Achievements

  • Winner, 2016 DownBeat Student Awards, Vocal Jazz Solo (high school division)
  • Winner, Bronze Medal, Global Music Awards for EP Jump (March 2016 round)
  • Winner, 2016 PDX JazzForward Competition, High School Vocal Solo
  • 2015 Grammy Camp Jazz Session Jazz Choir (one of eight high school singers chosen nationally)
  • Winner in Jazz Voice, National YoungArts Foundation (2015)
  • Top Ten, Michael Feinstein's Great American Songbook Competition (2015)
  • Second Place, JazzSearch West Competition (2014)

Musical Samples

 

Joshua Tazman - vocals and piano on all songs

Photos

Photo credits: Shin Mamiya and Sapasorn Ridikherd (1-5), David Alan Boyd (6)

Testimonials


”Josh is an incredibly talented artist. His song writing blends pop, jazz and soul in ways that are unique and very appealing. I hear the records we made and I am taken by his compelling voice and the wonderful instrumental performances he laid down on piano and guitar on all the songs. This young man is going places and I’d say that means he is headed for the stars.”
— Mark Mazzetti, producer, John Mayer, Janet Jackson, Elton John
Josh is probably one of the most talented young musicians I’ve worked with in 30 years of teaching...He not only has a wonderful voice—far more mature or developed than you would expect from a teen—but he plays jazz piano very well and I think one of the things that sets him apart from any vocalists I’ve worked with are his compositions. He is writing constantly and has a huge body of work—a really enjoyable body of work—that has creative sophistication as well as an appeal that could reach listeners of all types.
— Laurie Antonioli, Chair of the Vocal Program at the California Jazz Conservatory and singer
You may not have heard Joshua Tazman’s music, but once you do, it’ll be tough to forget. As a vocal coach, I have encountered a plethora of talented singers. In Joshua, I’ve experienced a signature vocal sound & distinctive flavor that’s especially captivating. His sensual and warm vocal mood stands out in a multi-dimensional musical mix of original compositions that uniquely blends jazz, soul and pop styles into an emotionally moving experience. Josh is not only a sensitive storyteller through his lyrical and musical expression, but is also a compelling live performer, always responsive to the needs of his audience by remaining centered in the character of each song and authentic in presence.
— Raz Kennedy, vocalist and teacher, founding member of Bobby McFerrin's Voicestra

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