joshua breakstone

Vocal Workshop with Joshua Breakstone – 24/02/23

Friday the 24th of February, 2023
10 Exhibition St, Bowen Hills
$20 ENTRY+BF or $30 ENTRY+BF for both workshops.
Head to our Humanitix to purchase limited seated tickets
Head here for tickets to instrumentalists workshop only.

We will do some simple vocal exercises together, discuss what it means to be a jazz singer, we’ll listen to examples of jazz vocalists singing in their own ways and at their best, we’ll discuss how to listen and react in a musical environment, the concept of developing ideas in communication with both the audience as well as with the rest of the band. Anyone who would like to will have a chance to sing at least one song with the group.


“Fire in velvet. A fitting description of Joshua Breakstone’s jazz guitar,” wrote Paul Weidman in The Sante Fe New Mexican. “His flowing lines on up-tempo cookers are impeccably clean and fiery, bearing the mark of a first-rate improviser, while his chordal work on heartbreaker ballads is the final word in finesse,” has raved Guitar Player Magazine. Japan’s Jazz Hihyo (aka Jazz Critique) recognizes that “The style in which Joshua develops his fluid single-note solos used to be thought of as the Grant Green school, but now this man leads the school.” Charles Alexander wrote in his book, Masters of Jazz Guitar, ” With a firm grasp of the bebop language, Breakstone nevertheless avoids its cliches, instead unfolding a storyline in his solos, all the while building interest with economical, elegant lines and sustaining longer notes with a clear, rounded guitar sound.” Steve Day wrote in sandybrownjazz.co.uk that “Joshua Breakstone is a fabulously exciting player to listen to”.

With 24 recordings out as a leader with such greats as Kenny Barron, Barry Harris, Tommy Flanagan, Pepper Adams, Jimmy Knepper, Jack McDuff, Mickey Roker, Al Harewood, etc, Breakstone tours twice each year in Japan, plays across Europe every year, in Australia, and tours just about everywhere in the US.

On three recent recordings, “With the Wind and the Rain”, “2nd Avenue”, and “88”, Breakstone added Mike Richmond’s cello to his trio to create a unique and exciting quartet: “The Cello Quartet”.

Joshua is also the author of “Jazz Etudes: Studies For The Beginning Improviser” (Hal Leonard Publishing), a standard text at colleges and universities worldwide. He has both performed and presented workshops throughout the world.

As Eric Harabadian wrote in the Feb 2014 edition of Jazz Inside, “Breakstone is, simply, a tasteful and melodic master.”

Joshua Breakstone – Guitar
Connor Perkins – Double Bass

How do I purchase a ticket?

Tickets are being sold through Humanitix. Purchase limited seated tickets here. Due to JMI Live being an intimate space, we have a maximum number of guests allowed in the venue. We highly recommend it is best to get in early before tickets sell out.

What is JMI Live?

JMI Live presents live jazz in Brisbane every Thursday night from 8pm and a jam session after each gig. JMI Live is renowned for its intimate setting, providing the best opportunity to listen to live jazz in Brisbane. Just like a jazz club in New York, this venue is the ideal location for great jazz music, acoustics and atmosphere.


JMI Live is located at 10 Exhibition Street, Bowen Hills.

Live streaming

Joshua Breakstone performs at JMI Live the Thursday night before the workshops!
All JMI Live concerts are live streamed to JMI’s YouTube account.  Subscribe to our YouTube channel to access our free live streams.

Ticket Refund Policy

If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms and are unable to attend after having purchased a ticket, please contact the JMI office (07 3216 1110 or email play@jazz.qld.edu.au) as soon as possible during business hours (10AM-4PM) to let us know you won’t be able to attend. A full refund will be given if we are contacted prior to a performance. Refunds will not be processed if we are contacted after the gig.

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