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"His flowing lines on up-tempo cookers are impeccably clean and fiery, bearing the mark of a first-rate improviser, while his chordal work on heartbreaker ballads is the final word in finesse."
- Guitar Player Magazine
Joshua Breakstone is a jazz guitar player. He studied in Manhattan with Sal Salvador, in South Florida and at Berklee, and spent time in Brazil. Back in New York City he undertook graduate study at NYU, recorded, and released his first recording as a leader, "Wonderful!", on Sonora Records (with Barry Harris, Earl Sauls, and Leroy Williams).
During this period he performed with people like Vinnie Burke, Warne Marsh, Emily Remler, Dave Schnitter and Aaron Bell, while also teaching at the Rhode Island Conservatory of Music. The following year he recorded again for Sonora Records, "4/4=1", with Kenny Barron.
In 1986 Breakstone began a four-year contract for four recordings with Fantasy Records' Contemporary label. First was "Echoes", with Pepper Adams, Kenny Barron, Dennis Irwin, and Keith Copeland, followed by "Evening Star" the following year with Jimmy Knepper, Tommy Flanagan, Dave Shapiro and Keith Copeland. "Self Portrait in Swing" followed in early 1989, and then 1990's "Nine By Three", Breakstone's first trio recording, with Dennis Irwin and Kenny Washington.
A number of recordings have followed, including "A Jamais", recorded in the south of France, and numerous tours (including twice-yearly tours through Japan, with recordings for a Japanese label as well).
Through it all Joshua continues to work as an educator, teaching clinics, classes, and workshops.
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