Musician & Educator
Joshua Capri is a saxophonist, flutist, and educator based in North Vancouver, BC. Drawing from his performance experience and work as an educator, Joshua has worked to broaden his creativity and the depth of his music to create a sound that is unique, refined, and imaginative.
He has all the typical hallmarks of a player: He grew up listening to a wide variety of music in the home, has a father who plays music, started playing and performing at a young age, and studied with outstanding musicians. In addition, Joshua also was inspired by his teachers throughout his life.
Joshua began his musical journey in elementary school drawing inspiration from his first music teacher Mrs. Laniuk. He began singing in choirs at the age of six and at eleven years old, sang in the Edmonton Opera’s production of La Boheme. He began playing saxophone at twelve and knew right away that he wanted to do so for the rest of his life.
Joshua draws inspiration and influenced by saxophone greats who also were committed teachers like Jerry Bergonzi, & Ralph Bowen. He has studied saxophone with Canadian jazz greats Phil Dwyer and Jim Brenan as well as renowned saxophone teacher Stan Karp. He has also studied flute with Christie Reside and Rosanne Wieringa of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Joshua’s music is steeped in the tradition of post bop with a nod to hip-hop, while also drawing from the music he has played in various settings throughout his career. His work as a journeyman musician includes a wide spectrum of performance experience. Joshua has performed at the Edmonton jazz festival with the Blue Line Quartet and the Vancouver jazz festival with the Wee Hours Trio. He has also performed and recorded with EDM groups, an Indian brass band, a hip hop MC, hipster indie bands, and an Iranian pop star. Joshua uses this wide variety of performance experience to advise his original music yielding a sound that is rhythmic, harmonically sophisticated, but also accessible and fun. Currently he leads the Joshua Capri Trio and Yazz Flöte Smooth Jazz Experience.
Joshua has been working as a music educator for over fifteen years. He founded Mr. Capri Teaches Music in 2008 and Little Mountain Publishing in 2018. He has worked for the Vancouver School Board, the Burnaby School District, and the North Vancouver School District and currently is currently the co-director of the Vancouver Youth Band as well as the music teacher at Westview Elementary. Joshua holds a Masters degree in Education from Simon Fraser University, a Bachelor degree in Education from the University of British Columbia, a Bachelor degree in Music / Jazz Studies from Capilano University, and a grade nine flute performance certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Joshua has also written two concert band method books, and a number of concert band arrangements available at Little Mountain Publishing.