Robert Jospé Bio Born in Manhattan, Robert Jospé was inspired by his Belgian parents love of music and began playing the drums at twelve. He had his first professional performance in France at the age of sixteen. While attending the Cambridge School of Weston in Weston, Massachusetts, Jospé enrolled in the Berkley School of Music summer session and began formal training on drums. Upon graduating from the Cambridge School Jospé moved to New York City to attend New York University. Over the next twelve years he became an active player in the New York jazz and rock scene. He studied with Tony Williams and Bob Moses and performed with Michael Brecker, Dave Liebman, John Schofield and John Abercrombie. In 1990 Jospé released his first CD as a leader and formed his own group "Inner Rhythm'. Since 1992 he has received an annual touring grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts for his band Inner Rhythm and The World Beat Workshop. The World Beat Workshop is an educational lecture/demonstration program, presented by Jospé and Kevin Davis, which highlights the history and varied styles of African influenced dance music throughout the Americas. Random Chance Records released "Heart Beat" the second Inner Rhythm CD on the label in April of 2006. "Robert Jospé and Inner Rhythm play with a jubilant life affirming energy. Jospé is an erudite, relentless drummer /percussionist" Thomas Conrad, JazzTimes Magazine 9/2006. "Hands On" was released in 2004 and reached #4 on the Jazzweek chart and stayed in the top fifty for fourteen weeks. Jospé has been featured in Jazz Times Magazine and in Modern Drummer Magazine. In 2003 Jospé released "Time To Play." The CD charted in the top five for four consecutive weeks on Jazzweek, the national radio play chart and along with his 1999 CD "Blue Blaze" received four stars in Downbeat Magazine. Jospé joined the University of Virginia's music department's faculty in 1989. Jospé teaches jazz drumming and a rhythmic fluency course "Learn to Groove". He is a member of UVA's faculty jazz ensemble, The Free Bridge Quintet. Blue Blaze Reviews Robert Jospe directs a wild ride on Blue Blaze, scanning emotions and time zones, from the pensive to the positively buoyant. He makes big noise on traps, playing flourishes over and under the time. His tune 'Night Out' has some nice dissonant horn lines and an upbeat swing that suits the shadings of guitarist Wayne Shorter's 'Infant Eyes' is gorgeous, and Jospe makes the drums speak with mallets. The septet interprets the classic Lee Morgan tune, 'Calling Miss Khadija,' letting it flow like a slow stream, adding colors all along the way. Jospe plays a swinging Latin funk with a half-time feel, mixing samba and Stax, and many of his horn arrangements reflect his highly informed rhythmic sense.' Down Beat Magazine, June 2001 Jospé and his septet shine on this tight, upbeat album. The mixture of jazz, R&B and island influences is delightful and Jospé's grooving, tasteful drumming complements the emphasis on ensemble work.' -- Modern Drummer, Nov 2000 Blue Blaze...uncommonly fresh and expansive...Jospé has recast and in some cases reimagined the tunes of Horace Silver, Lee Morgan, Blue Mitchell, Kenny Durham and Wayne Shorter. The results are always entertaining and often surprising. Mike Joyce, Washington Post.