Pianist and Composer Josh Rawlings is a renaissance jazz pianist that exhibits awesome ability on his instrument and ease playing genre-to-genre â€“ setting-to-setting. Since moving to Seattle, Rawlings has seen wide successes as a performer and musician, and has been featured on the Northwestâ€™ most prestigious stages. Josh graduated from Seattleâ€™s renownedÂ Cornish College of the Arts in 2005, and has twice since been honored byEarshot! Magazineâ€™s Golden Ear Award Nominations. Having studied and performed with renowned groups & musicians,Â Denney Goodhew and the Qhromatics,Â Randy Halberstadt,Â Jovino Santos Neto andÂ Hadley Calimanwhile at Cornish, Josh developed a voice that was literally bursting out of his school doors.
Heâ€™s recently played sold out performances atÂ Jazz Alley,Triple Door and many major Seattle festivals fromÂ Pike Place Market to theÂ Bite of Seattle. Josh also performed on the main stage of the 2008Â Bumbershoot Festival. Whether headlining or supporting on stage, Josh has a unique ability to merge with his fellow artists, while anticipating, supporting and energizing his band mates to put on premier performances.
Joshâ€™s repertoire spans from timeless jazz standards to arrangements of eclectic music such as video game themes. Many of the groups and musicians he works with also feature his original music which can be romantic and whimsical, joyful yet contemplative. Josh writes music that encapsulates people, places and special moments in time. He is an exciting emerging jazz voice from the next generation of musicians.
Josh Rawlings – piano
â€œRawlings is a romantic, thoughtful player, and his sidemen are right there throughout.Â Heâ€™ll be a force to reckon with.â€
â€œ[The Josh Rawlings Trio] is especially fun, with lots of dissonant harmonies and dramatic hesitations over propulsive drummingâ€¦all the entertainment you need.â€
â€œThere are moments where you sound like youâ€™re channeling Brad Mehldau.â€