Now a grammy award winning sideman (for work on Beyoncé’s “Love on Top”), Josiah Woodson picked up trumpet at the age of 12. As a product of the Oaktown Jazz Workshop he refined his craft under the private instruction of his late mentor, Khalil Shaheed.

Woodson obtained his Bachelor of Music degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio, where he studied under Marcus Belgrave. Moving to Boston to receive a Master of Music degree (with academic honors) from the New England Conservatory of Music, Woodson was selected to perform at the Panama Jazz Festival with Danilo Perez, David Sanchez, Victor Paz, and Kurt Rosenwinkel.

Woodson has had the honor of collaborating and/or sharing the stage with such notable artists and musicians as, Branford Marsalis, Billy Hart, Gary Bartz, David Sanchez, Danilo Perez, Ronnie Burrage, John Lockwood, Dave Holland, Ben Williams, Mulgrew Miller, Marcus Belgrave, Clarence Clemons, Beyoncé Knowles, Blitz the Ambassador, Mos Def, Winard Harper, Steve Turre, Najee and many more.

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Four dynamic elements interact with each  other in frightfully wonderful ways framing the way we see our world. All equally essential. All equally indispensable. All tangible save one. The fifth element. The intangible rudiment. Known by many names to many peoples. Love. Grace. Peace.  Espoire.

Whether using the steady seeming predictability of the soil or the volatile and transformative nature of fire, we use the simple complexities of nature to  inspire creativity.

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