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Josh Hanlon

Josh Hanlon’s love of music has taken him to five continents. He has performed and recorded with luminaries of country music (Ray Price, Willie Nelson, Randy Travis, The Gatlins), musical theatre and film (Betty Buckley, Shirley Jones), and musicians at the forefront of almost ever genre… but he is first and foremost driven by a love of Jazz. He is an accomplished performer, composer and educator, with two albums to his credit as a leader and several more as a sideman, and maintains an active career as a freelance musician, and as member of Stockton
Helbing’s Quintet.

His musical journey began in his native Nova Scotia, Canada, hearing the folk and popular melodies sung around the kitchen at large family gatherings, and learning to sing them as a boy. The microphone was traded for a piano in his teen years, and a love of classical music and the pop music of the day was channelled into an explosion of musical development. Within 18 months of his first exposure to jazz piano, Hanlon was appearing with the St.F.X. Big Band on national radio program JazzBeat, still a high school student.

Following undergraduate jazz study, St. Francis Xavier University, Josh entered the professional world, as a musical theater pianist, and jam-band keyboardist, and later as a shipboard musical director, gaining the immeasurable experience of playing music seven nights a week for almost five years. Keen to pursue his love of Jazz, Josh moved to Texas to study at one of the most storied institutions of jazz education, the University of North Texas, where he flourished and performed with the One O’ Clock Lab Band under the direction of Neil Slater.

Hanlon remained at UNT as Adjunct Faculty, and would later hold jazz piano positions at
Brookhaven College, St Francis Xavier University and Southwestern Baptist Theological seminary. He has performed in concert professionally with the some of the most proficient and creative musicians in Jazz, including Jimmy Cobb, Ernie Watts and Doc Severinsen. In addition to his current position at Tarleton State University, He maintains an active performing and recording career in North Texas, where he makes his home with loving wife, Michelle.

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