Since his arrival in New York City in 2012, Josh Mizruchi has gained attention both nationally and internationally for his ability to use the full range of the trumpet while also maintaining a high level of musical sensitivity and wide stylistic range.
While completing degrees at the University of Michigan and New England Conservatory, Josh was fortunate to perform with Terence Blanchard, David Liebman, Geri Allen, Dave Holland, Jimmy Cobb, Michael Philip Mossman, Lin Biviano, Jason Moran, Oliver Lake and Henry Grimes, among others.
A few months after arriving to New York City, Mizruchi played a rehearsal with multiple Grammy Award-winning pianist Arturo O’Farrill, which subsequently lead to four years of working closely with O’Farrill, including performing as a ringer in college bands under his direction, playing private event gigs, performing in teaching workshops, and subbing in the Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.
During and since that time, Mizruchi embarked on a freelance career which included performances with Roy Hargrove, Dr. Barry Harris, Christian McBride, Steve Wilson, Anat Cohen, Ben Folds, The Violent Femmes, P-Funk All Stars, Valerie Simpson, John Mosca, Jimmy Owens, Marvin Stamm, Etienne Charles, Reg E. Gaines, Winard Harper, John McNeil, Louis Hayes, George Cables, and many others. His television appearances include performing on The Today Show on NBC. As a soloist/bandleader, Mizruchi has shared billing with such artists as Al Foster, Jon Faddis, Joe Magnarelli, Avishai Cohen and Dr. Lonnie Smith. Festival and conference performances include the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, the ISIM Conference (Northwestern University), IAJE Conference (New York City), the Riverview Jazz Festival, Montclair Jazz Festival, CUNY Jazz Festival, and the Rhythm in the Kitchen Festival (Hell's Kitchen Jazz Festival).
Mizruchi has recorded three albums. His latest effort, Prospect Park East, featured four singles: "What is This Thing Called Love?", "My Funny Valentine," "Hell in a Handbasket," and "Emily," and received airplay throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia.
In June of 2020, Josh was featured on the Official Miles Davis Discussion Forum, where he performed Davis's famous composition "All Blues." In November of 2021, he was featured in a virtual performance at the COP-26 in Glasgow, Scotland, where he performed "Stormy Weather" and discussed climate change before the United Nations.
In 2020, Josh was invited to attend the Lincoln Center (Virtual) Summer Jazz Program, where he took improvisation courses with Wynton Marsalis and Walter Blanding. Josh is also very well-versed in the Dr. Donald S. Reinhardt approach for brass instruments, which he has studied with Rich Willey, Dave Sheetz, and Chris LaBarbera. Other teachers include William Lucas, David Kuehn, Lin Biviano, and Steve Emery (Boston Symphony/Boston Pops).
As an educator, Josh has earned a reputation for his ability to teach young trumpet players to develop correct playing habits in the early stages of their studies. His educational work includes the New Jersey Public School System, performing as a teaching artist in New York City Public Schools, as well as teaching private lessons.