It takes a lot to intimidate Josh, a native Texan, who moved with his family to Venice Beach in the mid 80's. Venice was a different place then, the streets were ruled by gangs, surfers and skaters. Sometimes you had to run and sometimes you had to fight for your ground. It wasn't long before Josh was going by the nickname Texas in surfing and skating.
Life throws curve balls including the occasional economical downturn. Josh works as a wood floor maker, and times have not been easy. As challenging that can be, Josh is in balance because of his passion for music.
But music has always been in Josh's life. He was raised in a very musical family, and he was just a kid when he chose the trumpet to be his voice. Josh has been jamming ever since he was young, and learning more and more every day. When Josh was introduced to the world of jazz in Los Angeles he started going to spots like the World Stage in Leimart Park-- where the doors were opened by the legendary Billy Higgins.
It can be intimidating at times... if you don't know the song, then you have to stay seated until a song you recognize comes along. Josh walks into the World Stage, and the joint is filled with experienced jazz musicians. The jam session rolls on and Josh takes a seat. When his chance comes he stands up and walks onto the stage. As he puts the horn to his lips and begins to jam, you can practically see the rest of everything begin to drift away.
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