Robert Jospé Express – Trio and Quartet
photos by Martin Phillips and Melody Robbins
The Robert Jospé Express with Butch Taylor on keyboards, Dane Alderson on electric bass and Brian Mesko on guitar, play a percussive driven mix of jazz, rock, funk and Latin with a contemporary electric sound.
Butch Taylor played and recorded with the Dave Matthews Band for over ten years and Dane Alderson from Perth, Australia amazes audiences with his virtuosity and lyricism on the bass. As a quartet the Express includes funky jazz and rock guitarist Brian Mesko.
Robert Jospé Express released a double CD in October of 2014. The double CD features the trio with Butch, Dane and Robert on “Classics”, a mix of classic jazz compositions and styles and the quartet on “Doin’ It Up”, a mix of funky originals and well known rock and pop tunes.
Robert Jospé and Inner Rhythm
Robert Jospé and the Inner Rhythm band with Jeff Decker on saxophones, Bob Hallahan on piano and keyboards, and Randall Pharr on electric and acoustic bass, combine funk, swing and Latin styles into a rhythm and grooved based modern jazz sound. Performing classics and originals with skill and precision this band of seasoned professionals have toured together for over fifteen years and released four CDs with much critical acclaim.
“Robert Jospé and Inner Rhythm’s performance at Jefferson Center was fantastic! I still have people talking about the performance months later. The band was extremely tight and had wonderful energy on stage. The arrangements were top notch and they tastefully exhibited their chops on straight ahead jazz, Latin grooves, funk, beautiful ballads and even some African tunes! I look forward to working with this ensemble again in the future.” – Dylan Locke, Artistic Director, Jefferson Center, Roanoke, VA
Once again, we invited Robert Jospé and Inner Rhythm to appear as guest artists at the
2012 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival. The group is very popular with my patrons, and
they have performed multiple times for Wintergreen Performing Arts since my arrival as
Artistic and Executive Director in 2006.
Robert Jospé is always responsive to my programming needs. The performances are not
only musically superb, but they are presented in a way that draws the audience in . . .
teaching them many things along the way. If you want programs that are innovative, highspirited
and compelling, I urge you to book Robert Jospé and Inner Rhythm.
Larry Alan Smith, Artistic and Executive Director, November 29, 2012
Morrison recently remarked about Jospe’, who has long been a supporter and crowd favorite of Jazz in the Park. “He has managed to keep the same fine group together for all these years through the lousy economy. They are absolutely the tightest jazz group around. Jos is a like some kind of nuclear reactor that feeds the whole band but never overpowers them.” -Lew Morrison, Director, Jazz in the Park, Staunton, VA, article by Bill Kramer,The News Leader, July 2012