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Hybrid Jazz From Trish Hennessey - with Joshua Kwaasman!

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"Jazz is evolving...it's more of a spirit than a defined idea.  I don't think I'm very concerned with the label of it.  I just want to do something honest."

And with that, Woodwind Wizard/Multi-Instrumentalist/Composer/Young Visionary Josh Kwaasman stole my Hybrid Heart :) 

Connecticut born, now New York based, this wonderful artist learned far more in his education than his teachers dreamed.  With a Masters in Music from NYU's Jazz Program, Joshua has created a project with a main focus: a lifelong friendship.

Such a beautiful story...Josh and this boy (who he idolized) would ride bikes together.  Age and boldness took them further on their trails, sometimes 100 miles away from home.  Each time, Josh trusted his friend to get him back safely.  Each time, Justin did.  It makes for some personal music, "Songs of the Brother Spirit."  But our guest isn't content with merely telling HIS tales.  He wants to connect with YOU.  He figures that, if the music doesn't move you, then he wants no part of it.  This is a very different artist!  And those with whom he has shared a stage (Ingrid Jensen, Tabla Master Badal Roy) quite agree.

Please join us on Thursday, May 16th - at two p.m. Eastern USA time - as we learn more about this ASCAP Young Jazz Composer Award-Winner (twice, consecutively!)  His solo at Lincoln Center...headlining at JazzPeru...his philosophy of texturing on stage (fascinating!).  Let's open some doors into The Future of Jazz.  We cannot find a more eloquent spokesperson :)