MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)2018
Jazz guitarist, bassist, composer and director Joshua Bayer has performed at venues such as The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Detroit Opera House, Blues Alley, The Harlem Renaissance Festival, The World Jazz Festival, The Phillips Collection, The Contemporary Theater Festival, The One Step Down, New York Museum Of Modern Art, National Public Radio, and Philadelphia's Chris's Jazz Café. Besides being featured on BET on Jazz and performing original new jazz with the Joshua Bayer Quartet, Josh has played with jazz artists Neal Creque, Dick Lurie, Ron Holloway, Marty Nau, and The Federal Jazz Commission. Josh's recordings can be found on the Jazz heads and lnterlace Records labels. His compositions have been published by C.F. Peters and LightHouse Music. Josh's credentials include a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Music in Composition from Cleveland State University. A teacher and clinician, Josh serves on the faculty of American University, where he is Musician in Residence and Director of Jazz Studies. At AU, Josh directs the AU Jazz Orchestra and Combos' Josh has received grants and awards from The National Endowment for the Arts, ASCAP, The Maryland State Arts Council, The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, The Prince George's Arts Council, The Maryland Summer lnstitute for the Creative and Per-forming Arts, The Loyola Composition Competition, and the Bascom Little Fund.