Josh Arcoleo


Born into a musical family in 1989 Josh was lucky enough to start saxophone lessons with the legendary Pee Wee Ellis when he was 13. At 18 he gained a place on the renowned jazz course at the Royal Academy of Music – where he graduated with a 1st class degree in 2011, that year also winning a Yamaha Parliamentary Jazz Scholarship and the Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize, the latter being a recording contract with Edition Records. Josh’s debut album ‘Beginnings’ was released in February 2012 to widespread critical acclaim. He has also received awards from the EMI Music Sound Foundation and MBF Young Talent, and was nominated for a 2012 London Jazz Award.

He began touring with Pee Wee when he was 16 with his ‘ Assembly’ and the ‘Still Black Still Proud’ band. Venues include the Royal Festival Hall and Barbican London, Blue Note Milan, Ronnie Scotts, festivals in Slovakia, Finland, Denmark, Holland, Germany, France, Ireland, Spain and UK festivals in Derby, Hull, Cheltenham, Edinburgh and Glastonbury amongst others.

As well as leading his own quartet, which features Ivo Neame (piano), Calum Gourlay (bass) and James Maddren (drums), Josh is a regular member of bands including Stan Sulzmann’s big band, Jeff Williams’ UK Quartet, Dave Hamblett’s Sextet (debut album out Jan 2013 on Whirlwind Recordings) and plays in a group with Nikki Iles, Steve Watts. In 2011 he also toured with Kit Downes’ band to showcase Kit’s ‘Quiet Tiger’ album.

Josh has worked with many established musicians/bands including Jason Rebello, Fred Wesley, Mark Mondesir, Michael Mondesir, Tony Allen, Linley Marthe, Ghostpoet, James Taylor Quartet, David Berkman, Cheikh Lo, Peter Madsen, Friendly Fires, Vanessa Freeman, Tony Remy, Jamie Cullum, Guido May, Gareth Williams, Patrick and Martin Scales and has studied with some great players/teachers – Nick Smart, Iain Ballamy, Barak Schmool, Martin Speake and Pete Churchill to name just a few.