Josh Klein

Josh Klein

 Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA
BandRockAlternative

Here's what you need to know....Josh bangs drums with his feet, while strumming his acoustic guitar and singing.

Imagine: Ringo Starr's Feet, Pete Townsend's hands, and Mick Jagger's mouth.....that's what you get from Josh.

Biography

Josh Klein is a born improvisor. Klein's love of music began back in the second grade where he started to learn guitar and clarinet. Within just a short time, Josh was studying with John Zahn, a prolific guitar teacher in his hometown of Rockville, MD. Throughout his schooling Josh continued his love of music performing with jazz ensembles, marching band and even playing timpani for the schools symphonic band. During these years Josh also studied with prestigious guitar teachers such as Rob Macomber, a Berklee graduate and recording guru. Others teachers included guitar players for the Navy Jazz Ensemble and Army Blues; Walt Johns, who focused primarily on classical music; the other Paul Wingo, who specialized in jazz study and continues performing to this day.

For several years Josh attended DePaul University in Chicago. There he studied jazz with Bob Lark, Bob Palmieri, and Peter Ballin and classical composition and music history with Mark Maxwell and George Flynn. Throughout his college years Josh continued to teach students of all ages in his private studio. Klein has taught through Guitar Center, The Lesson Center, Siman Music Camps, Merry Melody Music Academy in Norwood MA, Day Jams summer rock and roll camps, and now is at The Community Music School of Allentown.

Formerly founder of the musician's collective Josh Klein & Friends, Josh collected nearly 6 full albums of entirely improvised music, and provided live entertainment for many nights in small clubs around Boston with that group. Much of this music is available at joshkleinonline.com for FREE!

Nowadays Josh enjoys being a soloist. Performing on up to three instruments at once, he seems to not need a band to perform lively rock n roll music. You can find him performing in various clubs in the Lehigh Valley area and beyond, drawing from classic popular music and his own original repertoire. He also acts as back-up band for other local musicians. Check the website or tour dates section for more information.

Discography

1999: Junior Watt (Funk Band, Jr. Watt)
2001: Jazz Standards (Solo jazz)
2003: PawnStars (Punk Rock, PawnStars)
2004: StickBottle Demo (StickBottle Band Debut)
2006: You're Steppin' in what I'm Spillin' (JK&F)
2006: Avant-Funk (JK&F)
2007: Vette (self-titled album w/ pop group, Vette)
2007: Trio (JK&F)
2007: StickBottle (first self-titled album)
2011: Re-Kleined EP (3 tunes, Josh plays all parts)

Set List

In addition to the list below, Josh has about an hour and a half of original music.

Beatles: Saw Her Standing There, Let it Be, Love Me Do, Something, "Oh-Bla-Di Oh-Bla-Da", Come Together, Helter Skelter, Back in the USSR....Josh also plays the album "Abbey Road" from front to back in its entirety on special occasions.

ELO: Showdown

Nirvana: About a Girl

Kinks: You Really Got Me, Ape Man, Steam-Powered Trains

Bill Withers: Use Me

Black Street feat. Dr. Dre: No Diggity

Jay-Z: 99 Problems

Van Morrison: Moondance

Sir Mix-A-Lot: Baby Got Back

Muse: Uprising

Talking Heads: Psycho Killer

Weezer: Hash Pipe, Say It Ain't So, Island in the Sun

Cracker: Low

CCR: Susie Q, Proud Mary

Doors: 5 to 1

Stevie Wonder: Ebony Eyes, All Day Sucker

Sly & The Family Stone: Stand, Que Sera

MGMT: Kids

Soundgarden: Black Hole Sun

Billy Joel: Anthony's Song

Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Chile

Green Day: Basket Case, When I Come Around, Brain Stew

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