A rock of counterpoint, funk and swing  Financial Times, London

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Butterfly Effect - A new trio with Tino Derado and Marlon Browden, releases its debut EP December 8! Available at BJURecords, ITunes, Spotify and all major platforms.


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 toured internationally with bands led by Kurt Rosenwinkel, David Friedman, Jeremy Pelt, E.J. Strickland, George Colligan, Jure Pukl, Logan Richardson, Diego Piñera, Tino Derado, and Aruán Ortiz, among others. As a first call New York musician he performed regularly with countless influential musicians.


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

Download Joshua Ginsburg's Butterfly Effect Press Kit

A rock of counterpoint, funk and swing Financial Times, London

“Zembla Variations” Selected Best New Releases 2012-Album of the Year, New York City Jazz Record

Das ist wirklich eine Topband, nicht zuletzt durch den Bassisten Josh Ginsburg, der wohl die nächsten fünf Jahre in Berlin eine neue Richtschnur spannt.  Dietmar Liste, InJazz.de (concert with Kalle Kalima, Peter Weniger, and Heinrich Köbberling)

“Vigorously fresh compositions...Top- drawer acoustic jazz from the still swinging heart of the tradition.” ★★★★ Cormac Larkin, Irish Times

“Remarkably alive and passionate.” Canadian Audiophile

“...reveal(s) itself in gradually unfolding layers” ★★★½ JazzTimes

“(Ginsburg) defines a modern, personal version of the concept of swing” Jazzmozaïek (Belgium)

“Each song attacks in a different way, but held together by Ginsburg’s consistently inventive ways...Non-linear, twisting and punchy melodies are often matched to conventional tempos and at other times, tricky time signatures are married to straightforward melodies. The meticulousness of big band arrangements find their way into every song, so it’s easy to forget there’s just four of them performing...a fully realized debut that manages to entertain while it goes exploring” SomethingElse!.com

“...with Royston leading the way, the tune explodes out of the speakers, leaving the listener exhilarated. People complain that jazz is not relevant or exciting - those folks need to sit down for a generous helping of Josh Ginsburg's ‘Zembla Variations.’ Intelligent, melodic, exciting, mature 21st Century music that makes one smile.” StepTempest.com

“rewards repeated listening.” Birdistheworm.com

“uncanny rhythmic sensibility” Alibi.com

“From the sound to the harmony, from the compositions to the pathos, everything is under control and under the fingers of Ginsburg & Co.“★★★★ All About Jazz Italia


Joshua Ginsburg Trio with Tino Derado and Marlon Browden. Berlin, DE

"Old World" Joshua Ginsburg Butterfly Effect w/ Tino Derado and Marlon Browden. Berlin, DE

"Rust Belt"- Joshua Ginsburg Butterfly Effect

Joshua Ginsburg Group with Dayna Stephens, George Colligan ad E.J. Strickland Smalls, NYC

Colom/Pukl Group w/ Greg Hutchinson, Muri, CH

w/ Will Vinson, Lage Lund, John Davis, Brooklyn, NY

w/ Will Vinson, Lage Lund, John Davis, Brooklyn, NY

w/ Eli Degibri, Danny Grissett, Rudy Royston, Baltimore, MD

Logan Richardson group w/ Tony Tixier and Tommy Crane,  Milan, IT

Aruán Ortiz Group w/ Rez Abbasi and Gerald Cleaver, Paris, FR

Helen Sung Group w/ John Ellis and Rodney Green, Muri, CH

Kurt Rosenwinkel Trio w/ Colin Stranahan, Paris, FR

Pukl/Nösig Group w/ Tzumo Arpad and Greg Hutchinson, Novi Sad, Serbia

George Colligan Group w/ Michael Blake, Jaleel Shaw, and EJ Strickland, Guimares, Portugal


released January 31, 2012 on Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records
Joshua Ginsburg- Bass
Eli Degibri- Tenor and Soprano Saxophone
George Colligan- Piano and Fender Rhodes
Rudy Royston-Drums
All Compositions by Joshua Ginsburg, Grubsnig Music (ASCAP)

Download or CD available through bandcampBJUR Store, iTunes, Amazon etc.



Contact:                                           jjgins@gmail.com

Press Inquiries:
Jason Byrne/RedCat Publicity       redcatjazz@mac.com

in Germany/Austria:
Judith Kobus/Cubus Music            info@cubus-music.de

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