Thirty-two year old Chicago based trumpeter and composer Josh Rzepka has been featured on NPR, PBS, and has been heard on jazz radio across the country and world. His album Into the Night reached the #9 position on the JazzWeek radio chart and the #5 position on the CMJ Jazz chart. He has been heralded not only for his jazz playing and composing, but also for his classical performances.
Originally from Akron, OH, Josh has released four albums. His jazz albums include, Trumpet Genesis (2013), Into the Night (2011), and his debut album Midwest Coast (2009). His debut classical album was Josh Rzepka: Baroque Music for Trumpet (2010).
An active educator, Josh is the jazz trumpet instructor at Chicago’s renowned Merit School of Music where he teaches private trumpet lessons and classes for the Alice S. Pfaelzer Tuition-free Conservatory, the Instrument Music (IM) program, and their Bridges outreach program. He also teaches private lessons nationally and internationally to students of all ages over Skype.
Josh earned his BM from the Oberlin Conservatory with a double major in classical and jazz trumpet performance. He earned his MM in performance from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts.
Quickly establishing himself as one of the most versatile upcoming trumpeter in classical and jazz music, Josh has performed across the country at famed venues including Cleveland’s Severance Hall, Boston’s Symphony Hall, Strathmore Hall, Cleveland’s NightTown, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Knitting Factory, as well as the Green Mill, Andy’s Jazz Club, and the Jazz Showcase in Chicago. As a soloist Josh has presented recitals and concerts ranging from the baroque, to modern, to original jazz.
Since the fall of 2015 Josh has toured nationally with classic rock sensation Under the Streetlamp performing to sold out crowds across the country. Additional appearances include performing with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra led by internationally renowned trumpeter Sean Jones, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, as well as many other ensembles and groups. He also has recorded with the likes of Detroit and Motown legend Marcus Belgrave, trombone extraordinaire Andy Hunter, and does session work writing charts and recording for indie, rock, and blues artists.
In 2011 Josh was recognized by the Akron Area Arts Alliance with their 2011 Arts Alive! Rising Young Star award. This biennial award was a big honor for Josh and he was thrilled to receive this great honor from his hometown of Akron.