Josh Grossman is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Jazz Performance Program where he studied trumpet with Chase Sanborn and Kevin Turcotte; he has performed in big bands under the direction of Phil Nimmons, Paul Read, Ron Collier and Paul Ashwell. Josh is the founder, Artistic Director and conductor of the Toronto Jazz Orchestra (TJO), celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2009. Since its inception, the TJO has released three CDs, performed with Phil Nimmons, Seamus Blake and Kurt Elling, and has presented special concerts including the music of Phil Nimmons, Stan Kenton, the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, and West Side Story. Josh was on faculty at either Scarborough Music Camp or Music by the Lake (both with the Toronto District School Board) for eight years and has been an adjudicator with Music Alive and PIMTA since 2008. Josh can be seen performing with his Toronto Jazz Orchestra and with the Chris Hunt Tentet; he has been the Artistic Director of the Markham Jazz Festival since 2006.