Josh is an acclaimed saxophonist and composer known for his melodic inventiveness, warm tone and heartfelt and lyrical approach to improvisation. 

Whether playing jazz standards or his own compositions, Josh communicates directly with audiences with his flowing and intuitive playing style.

He has worked with many of the UK's leading jazz musicians including John Turville, Alan Barnes,  Liz Fletcher, Clark Tracey, Jim Mullen and Steve Waterman. His latest CD Tone Poetry is being promoted in 2014 with a major UK tour.

His quartet features Tim Lapthorn on piano, Mick Hutton on bass and Matt Skelton on drums.

Tim Lapthorn is a performer, composer and teacher with his own piano trio, and a long association with Josh . He plays with many European jazz musicians and is much in demand by jazz singers. He cites his influences as Bill Evans, Thelonius Monk and Stevie Wonder.

Mick Hutton is one of Europe’s finest and most respected bass player with a career spanning 30 years. He has played with all the greats, including John Taylor, Bill Bruford, Humphrey Lyttleton and Tim Garland.

Matt Skelton is a multi talented drummer who works regularly with Jim Mullen and Damon Brown, as well playing with the international orchestras such as the John Wilson Orchestra.

‘Wonderfully rich toned tenorist Josh Kemp with a laconic, subtle, highly nuanced and original sound’ Time Out

‘An interesting and varied composer. . . showed that there is plenty of life in the post-bop tradition’ Jazz UK


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