A fine bop-based guitarist, Joshua Breakstone
discovered jazz when he was 14. He studied for several years with Sal Salvador
, yet at the time was gigging regularly with a rock group. He attended Berklee, and in 1977, toured Canada with the reed player Glen Hall
, making his recording debut on Hall
's Sonora release. During and after teaching guitar at the Rhode Island Conservatory of Music (1979-1981), Breakstone
worked in New York with Warne Marsh
, Emily Remler
, Dave Schnitter
, and Vic Juris
. In 1983, he recorded his first album (Wonderful!
) for Sonora. While that date had Barry Harris
on piano, his follow-up featured Kenny Barron
went on to record for Contemporary (including a quartet date featuring Pepper Adams
), Capri, Evidence, and Double-Time, helping keep the legacy of quiet bop guitar alive.