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About

JOSH 'DOCTOR' JONES
Solo Artist - Studio Musician
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Biography
Artist Statement

Josh ‘Doctor’ Jones is a well versed jazz and jazz-fusion multi-instrumentalist with a strong reputation as a sideman and studio musician. Known primarily for his skills on tenor saxophone and electric bass, Josh is also proficient on flute, clarinet, alto and baritone sax, double bass, piano, rhythm guitar, and sings in the baritone range.

 

Born and raised in the United States, but currently residing in Karori, Wellington, New Zealand, Josh ‘cut his teeth’ playing with jazz ensembles and cover bands all throughout the Colorado region, playing bars, hotels, weddings, and festivals of all types. After serving his time aboard Carnival Cruise ships as a stage musician, he began taking on leadership roles in his bands, handling the booking and managing duties.

 

He has a solid reputation in the studio as a performer and composer, contributing to tracks for bands such as Mystic Biscuit, The Silver Moon Riders, Jason ‘Slim’ Gambill, and The Juices of Brazil.

Josh has also played as a member of the pit orchestra for several theater productions of shows such as “Rent”, “Oklahoma”, and “Little Shop of Horrors”, and served as Musical Director and Conductor for the Old Smokebrush Theater’s debut production of “Runaways”.

For me, art is a language. One that is spoken to others, and with others. And music is the most widely spoken language of art. In can be created in the moment, with others whom you’ve never met, and don’t share a common spoken language with. It conveys raw emotion, without the need for any other shared experience other than to be human.

 

As a musician, I live to perform music, whether it’s my own composition, or the works of other musicians. Breathing life in to the art that others have created is, in a way, in a creation of it’s own. Using all of the tools at my disposal, I can listen to the music around me, and find my part in it, to not only make it work, but to make it beautiful. When I am in the studio working with a songwriter or composer, I’m learning about them; who they are, why they’ve written the music they’ve written, and what they’re looking for me to bring to it. I listen to the person, and then I listen to the music, and then I play. Nothing is more satisfying than seeing a songwriter’s face glow with happiness when their music is brought to life, and I love being there and contributing to that moment. 

I love all forms of music, from classical to jazz, from calypso to bluegrass. I’ve studied a multitude of genres of music from around the world, and I continue to learn every day. I’ve been on stage with countless musicians and singer/songwriters, and I’ve learned that I can always find a way to bring a little of myself to their art. Mixing my “voice” with theirs, elevating their art and satisfying my desire to create as well. And by listening closely, I can choose whether or not to be boisterous and busy, or quiet and spacious; grimy and grinding or smooth and silky. Without a doubt, studio and session musicians must be careful to serve the music as it was created by the writer, and I live for that challenge. 

Recently, I’ve found myself recording tracks for smooth jazz albums, blues albums, and adult contemporary artists. In each case, I’ve approached the project with the mindset of serving the music, but in each case, the songwriters have asked me to “step up” my contribution. They felt as though something was missing, and wanted to “fill up” their sound. I was able to talk with them about what inspired their songs, and their overall approach to their art, to find what they were looking for. Often times, just exploring that reminded them of the feeling they had when they wrote those songs, and I was able to try different sounds and parts until we hit upon the thing that gave the song that “IT” factor. In that sense, I helped create their art, and very much created my own art as well.
 

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