Joshua Davis, bass, has toured the world as an accompanist for such greats as Clark Terry, George Garzone, Gene Bertoncini, The Ritz, Art Van Damme, and The Artie Shaw Band. He was hired at age 25 to teach performance studies at Berklee College of Music and has just accepted a nationally listed position developing the jazz program at Towson University.
Vardan Ovsepian, piano, a native of Yerevan, Armenia, received early training as a nationally awarded classical pianist in the top conservatories of Yerevan, Tallinn, and Helsinki. A full scholarship brought him to Berklee College of Music where he quickly garnered favor and frequent performance invitation from Boston's elite, -Hal Crook, Tony Malaby, and Mick Goodrick, to name a few. Ovsepian, Toriyama, and Davis record for Fresh Sound Records.
Take Toriyama, drums/percussion, enjoyed tremendous success in Japan as a founding member of Vision, a hit Japanese rock band of the 90's. Soon after his 1993 Berklee arrival he became first call in top circles of both Boston and New York. His performing and recording credits include Hal Crook, Dave Liebman, Jerry Bergonzi, Ravi Coltrane, Bob Brookmeyer, George Garzone, Tony Malaby, Jack Wilkins, Chuck Loeb, Jimmy Heath, Danilo Perez, and Chick Corea.
Tim Miller, guitar, has recently appeared on a recording featuring bass legend Eddie Gomez and renowned saxophonist George Garzone. Recently, the University of North Texas Guitar Department invited Miller and his trio to perform and give a Master class on guitar and improvisation. The trio also appeared at the International NAMM show as featured artists. His latest release "Sides" proves to be another exciting collaboration of original young artists that leaves a fresh sound resonating with honesty and soul.
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Joshua Davis joined the faculty at Susquehanna University as their new Director of Jazz Studies in 2006. He was a full-time faculty member and the Director of Jazz Studies at Towson University between 2002 and 2006. Before Towson, he was an awarded leader of curriculum development at Berklee College of Music where, as one of the youngest faculty members, he taught for six years. Joshua spent two years as a member of the faculty at the University of Maine at Augusta and has taught numerous performance skills clinics at Berklee, Koyo Conservatory (Kobe, Japan), the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival (AK), and various schools of all grades throughout the United States. Recent MENC-affiliate work includes MD All-State Solo/Chamber adjudication, directing a District Jazz Ensemble (Tunkhannock, PA), and conference presentations about improvisation and other jazz performance skills at MMEA (MD), PMEA (PA), MD All-State Jazz, and VMEA (VT). Joshua currently directs the Susquehanna University Big Band, and teaches Jazz History, Improvisation, Music Theory, Ear Training, Double Bass, and Composition.
Joshua has a B.A. in Theory/Composition from U.N.H., an M.M. in Orchestral Double Bass from New England Conservatory, and a Composition D.M.A. from the University of Maryland at College Park.
Joshua’s feature recording as an arranger and leader, Squashua, showcases Take Toriyama, Tim Miller, and Vardan Ovsepian interpreting Romantic Era symphonies and the music of Sting. Recent recorded releases include Tim Miller’s Trio II and Vardan Ovsepian’s Aragast, on Fresh Sound Records.
Vardan Ovsepian, Tim Miller, Ben Monder, Peter Erskine, Mark Ferber, Jordan Perlson, Sean Rickman, Marcello Pellitteri, Dan Weiss, Ted Poor, Ari Hoenig, Ole Mathisen, Jerry Bergonzi, Donny McCaslin, Taylor Haskins, Dave Ballou, Greg Hopkins, Randy Brecker, Timucin Sahin, JD Walter, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (Pops), the Artie Shaw Band, and The Ritz, are among the many groups and musicians with whom Joshua has performed on numerous occasions.