Josh Berman


Josh Berman is an internationally recognized cornetist and composer. He has led the acclaimed Old Idea, Josh Berman and his Gang, and his own trio. In addition to being an indispensable contributor to Chicago’s jazz and improvised music scene, Berman has been a concert presenter with fellow Chicagoan Mike Reed, producing hundreds of shows over the past 20 years. Berman’s work has been critically acclaimed in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, JazzTimes, and DownBeat, among others. His recordings can be found on the Chicago’s legendary Delmark Records and more recently on Austin’s Astral Spirits Records

Josh Berman Trio
A Dance and A Hop

Josh Berman – cornet
Jason Roebke – bass
Frank Rosaly – drums

Berman has long been one of the most thoughtful musicians on Chicago’s diverse jazz and improvised music scene, a player who steadily digests a world of influences to craft something more original with each passing year. But he reaches new heights on A Dance and A Hop, a gorgeously conceived trio outing that shows him reveling in sound qua sound as never before.

Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

One had to marvel at the sheer amount of melodic invention Berman produced, showing a remarkable capacity for continuously creating lines that twist and turn in unexpected directions. Whether he was articulating mercurial motifs in “Hang Ups” or leaving ample space between softly stated gestures in “Blues,” Berman never lacked for ideas. That his musical vocabulary danced around traditional notions of harmony and tonality only heightened one’s admiration for the creativity of this work.

Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune