Dr. Josh Davies is a Yamaha Performing Artist and two-time Grammy nominated performer that enjoys a diverse career as a versatile performer and educator. He has performed extensively throughout the United States, Mexico, Canada and Europe in venues such as Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center, the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas and the Jubilee Auditoriums in Calgary and Edmonton. He has shared the stage with such artists as Byron Stripling, Phil Smith, Ellis Marsalis, Dick Oatts, Rob Smith, Kenny Garrett, Dewie Redman, Chris Murrell, Fred Wesley, Fernando de la Mora, José Carreras, The Three Mexican Tenors, Alexander Markov, Raúl Di Blasio, Jens Lindemann, Alastair Kay, Al Muirhead, Tommy Banks, and Mark Gould to name a few.
Josh’s discography spans many genres from classical to jazz, baroque to contemporary, and rock to funk. He is on the premier recording of John Corigliano’s Circus Maximus written for The University of Texas Wind Ensemble, which was featured on NPR, at Carnegie Hall and other performances throughout the United States and Europe. He regularly performs with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la UANL (Monterrey Symphony Orchestra) in Monterrey, Mexico, where he held the position of co-principal trumpet for the 2009-2010 season. Previously he was principal trumpet of the Round Rock Symphony in Texas for four years and has also performed with symphony orchestras of Austin, Abilene, Brazos Valley, Calgary, Kamloops, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Monterrey, Monterrey Chamber, Red Deer, Regina, San Antonio Chamber, Temple, Thunder Bay, and Victoria (TX), as well as The Austin Chamber Ensemble, The Austin Chamber Winds, The Austin Lyric Opera, Altius Brass, Prime Time Big Band and the Monterrey Metropolitan Opera Company. Josh is the founder and lead trumpet for the Metrik Jazztet in Lethbridge, Alberta with Southern Alberta’s most accomplished jazz musicians, and also the conductor and soprano Eb cornet with the Lethbridge Community Band Brass Choir.
As an educator, Josh is a professor at the University of Lethbridge in Lethbridge, AB, Canada where he teaches studio trumpet, jazz history and is the director of the U of L Jazz Ensemble. Previous university teaching positions include Temple College, The University of Texas at Austin, Concordia University-Texas and Texas State University. Josh holds a Doctoral of Musical Arts and a Master of Music degree from The University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelors of Music degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. His principal teachers include Michael Miller, Edward Bach, and Ray Sasaki (trumpet); Steve Haines, Dennis Dotson, Jeff Helmer (Jazz).
An avid patron of the arts, Josh has served on many boards of arts organizations, the most recent being his appointment as President of the Lethbridge Jazz Society. He has also been the featured artist at many North American music festivals and conferences including the Vic Lewis Band Festival and Cantando Festivals in Western Canada.