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

Mike Reed's People, Places and Things
Clean on the Corner

Greg Ward – alto saxophone
Tim Haldeman – tenor saxophone
Jason Roebke – bass
Mike Reed – drums

with special guests:

Craig Taborn – piano
Josh Berman – cornet

“Drummer Reed has recorded and performed prolifically with his People, Places & Things, a fascinating musical experiment that refracts the jazz past through the sensibilities of the present. The newest recording characteristically echoes the bebop era but also bristles with experimental concepts on pitch, color and structure. A palpable blues spirit pervades pieces such as Reed’s “Where the Story Ends” and “House of Three Smiles,” composed by Jason Adasiewicz with Reed. Other works, such as Reed’s “The Lady Has a Bomb” and Roscoe Mitchell’s “Old” convey a streaked-with-dissonance melodic quality one associates with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Saxophonists Greg Ward and Tim Haldeman do much of the heavy lifting here, with disarming sighs from cornetist Josh Berman.”

-Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune