Bassist and bandleader Josh Ginsburg is a regular fixture on the world's concert stages and jazz clubs. His music has been described as “vigorously fresh” (Irish Times) and “reveal(ing) itself in gradually unfolding layers” (JazzTimes); his most recent album as a leader, "Zembla Variations”, was chosen as an Album of the Year by the New York City Jazz Record. Josh’s bass playing, Financial Times (London) writes, is “a rock of counterpoint, funk and swing” 

 

In the past few years, Josh has been touring with bands led by Kurt Rosenwinkel, Greg Osby, Jeremy Pelt, George Colligan, Logan Richardson, Aruán Ortiz and Helen Sung (among others). As a first call New York musician he performed with countless influential players such as Tom Harrell, Mulgrew Miller, Mark Turner, Robert Glasper, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Gregory Hutchinson, Ambrose Akinmusire, and Aaron Parks.

 

Josh was born in Baltimore, Maryland, where he absorbed some of that city's musical roots. “I think there was a rhythmic intensity that I learned in Baltimore from the very beginning, as well as a deep love of the jazz tradition.“ Josh went on to study with jazz trailblazer Jackie McLean: ”From Mr. McLean I learned the value and beauty of melody and lyricism. But even more importantly through him, and through the many great musicians I have worked with over the years, I began to see what I value the most in all my musical experiences, the open-hearted spirit of a true improvisor."    

 

Selected Discography
 

David Friedman Generations Quartet (Forthcoming) w/ Clara Haberkamp and Tilo Weber

Joshua Ginsburg's Butterfly Effect EP (Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records 2017) w/ Tino Derado and Marlon Browden

Tzumo Arpad- Promise (Hunnia Records 2016) w/ Melissa Aldana, Jure Pukl, Kyle Poole.

Pukl/Nösig Quartet- Live at the Jazz Festival Steyr (Alessa Records 2016) w/Jure Pukl, Daniel Nösig, Tzumo Arpad, and Gregory Hutchinson.

Tim Green- Songs from this Season (True Melody Music 2013) w/ Gilad Hekselman, Obed Calvaire and others.

Josh Ginsburg- Zembla Variations (Brooklyn Jazz Underground 2012) w/ Eli Degibri, George Colligan, Rudy Royston.

George Colligan-Living for the City (Steeplechase 2011) w/ E.J. Strickland

Soeren Moeller- Christian X Variations (Audial 2010) w/ Dick Oatts, Henry Cole

George Colligan- Runaway (Sunnyside, 2008) w/ Tom Guarna, E.J. Strickland

Metta Quintet- Subway Songs (Sunnyside 2006) w/ Mark Gross, Marcus Strickland, Helen Sung

George Colligan-Blood Pressure (Ultimatum, 2006) w/ E.J. Strickland, Johnathan Blake, Boris Koslov

Martin Shack- Headin' Home (Storyville, 2002), w/ Tom Harrell, John Ellis

Metta Quintet- Going to Meet the Man (Koch, 2002) w, Mark Gross, Mark Turner, Kurt Rosenwinkel, George Colligan

Aaron Parks- The Wizard (2001) w/ Obed Calvaire

Andrew Adair- States (Fresh Sound, 1999) w/ John Ellis, Donald Edwards

Hnita Jazzclub, Belgium. Guy van de Poel

Hnita Jazzclub, Belgium. Guy van de Poel