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Dr. Joshua Skinner
Double Bassist Josh Skinner is fluent in both jazz and classical idioms performing throughout North America and Europe. Growing up in Logan, Utah, Skinner was exposed to a diverse range of musical styles from the radio stations his family owned and operated. Drawing inspiration from classical, contemporary, R&B, funk, hip-hop, rock, country and more, Skinner is a consumer of all types of music, trying to expose himself to as much as possible.
As a classical double bassist, Skinner performs regularly with both the Utah Symphony and Utah Festival Opera Company. He has performed with many other ensembles including the Greeley Philharmonic, Fort Collins Symphony, Walla Walla Symphony, Washington Idaho Symphony, chamber ensembles and orchestras through the western states. Skinner has been involved with numerous recording projects with symphonies ranging from studio work to live recordings of new and commissioned works.
As a jazz bassist, Skinner has performed with many musicians including Kobie Watkins, Clay Jenkins, Delfeayo Marsalis, Dave Douglas, Jason Marshall, Corey Christiansen, Jim White, Bria Skonberg, Grace Kelly, Ira Nepus, Rene Marie, Jimmi Roger Pederson, and many more. He is in the process of working on a new project that will be released in 2018.
Skinner is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth, leading Jazz Ensemble II, jazz combos, and teaching courses in the jazz studies, music business, and musicology areas, while maintaining a diverse studio of classical, jazz, and electric bassists.