Joshua Jern is a trumpet/flugelhorn player, composer, arranger, and teacher living and working in Chicago, Illinois.
He graduated from Oak Forest High School in Oak Forest and received a B.A. in Trumpet Performance from Millikin University in Decatur, IL and an M.M. in Jazz Studies from the Chicago College Of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University in Chicago. Jern has studied with such noteworthy teachers as Bobby Shew, Roger Ingram, Rob Parton, Tito Carrillo, Tom Garling, and Ray Sasaki.
Joshua Jern has performed with numerous acts and ensembles, including the Buddy Rich Big Band, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Florence Henderson, The Temptations, The Drifters, Patti Page, the Rob Parton Big Band, Shout Section Big Band, the John Burnett Orchestra, Chicago Skyliner’s (Bill O’Connell) Big Band, Heritage Jazz Orchestra, and Alan Gresik’s Swing Shift Orchestra, to name a few. He has played trumpet on international rock tours for Pritam Chakraborty (Bollywood) and Amanda Y Diego Verdaguer (Latin America). He has played for two Chicago mayors (Rahm Emanuel and Richard M. Daley), London mayor Sadiq Khan, former Secretary of State, General Colin Powell, and former U.K. Prime Minister John Major . He’s played in countless venues throughout the Chicagoland area- the many theaters in the city and outlying suburbs, ballrooms of the wonderful hotels and convention centers on Michigan Avenue, and nightclubs in all parts of town such as Fitzgerald’s in the west suburbs, Andy’s Jazz Club in downtown Chicago, and the famous Green Mill on the north side. An accomplished veteran of the orchestra pit, Joshua Jern has played for professional productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Mame, The Blues Brothers Reunion (produced by Dan Akroyd and the Belushi estate), Monty Python’s Spamalot, The Andrews Brothers, and Baby! in Chicago, as well as the national tour of A Christmas Story, the musical. Jern has traveled to all seven continents performing on numerous cruise ships for major and boutique cruise lines. As an accomplished recording artist, Joshua Jern has recorded in numerous studios throughout the Chicago-land area for many creative and commercial projects.
Jern started the Joshua Jern Jazz Orchestra in 2019 with debut performances in the summer leading up to the Oct. 2019 release of their debut album Midnight Stroll. The album garnered significant domestic and international radio play, and Jern's reputation as a composer and bandleader has been growing rapidly since then. The covid pandemic has stalled all large ensemble performances just as the fledgling big band was finding its footing in a live setting; yet it has also provided an opportunity for the J.J. Jazz Orchestra to record their second album Lockdown, which was released in July 2021.
While maintaining a rigorous performance schedule, Joshua Jern also finds time to focus on music education. As a clinician and adjudicator in suburban Chicago, he has the opportunity to present practical knowledge of pro-level performance in accessible ways to help students along their path of ultimately experiencing the enjoyment of creating music. Jern also maintains a private studio of select students who are dedicated to learning how to better play the trumpet.
In addition to performance and instruction of the trumpet, Joshua Jern also finds time to write arrangements and original music for groups of all size. He has written for cruise ship entertainment, pop/rock groups, full big band, small jazz groups, and more. He also writes all the arrangements and original material for his own big band, the Joshua Jern Jazz Orchestra.