Joshi Marshall was born in Berkeley,
California, in 1971. At the age of ten he picked up a saxophone and
has been playing it ever since. As a junior, Joshi became a member
of the prestigious Berkeley High School Jazz Ensemble and Combo.
In 1989 he won the award for Most Outstanding Soloist at the Monterey
Jazz Festival High School Competition. While still in high school,
Joshi had the rare opportunity of playing in and hosting sessions
with his mother, Beverly Bivens, lead singer of the pop group, We
Five and many notable jazz musicians which included saxophonist Pharoah
Saunders and pianist, Benny Green.
After finishing high school, Joshi
was offered a scholarship to the renowned Berklee College of Music
in Boston, Massachusetts. Though the scholarship was tempting, Joshi
instead opted to immediately dive into his professional career and
apprenticeship in the San Francisco Bay Area with prominent blues
and jazz singer, Faye Carol. After working with Carol for three years,
Joshi broke out with his own jazz trio, Marshall Arts, which featured
his father, Fred Marshall, a prominent jazz bassist for many years
with such notables as Vince Guaraldi, John Hendrix and drummer Max
Roach. Marshall Arts played in the San Francisco Bay Area for over
ten years, during which time Joshi played with other celebrated jazz
musicians including Charlie Hunter and Josh Jones.
In the early nineties, Joshi played
a large role in the Acid Jazz and Hip Hop Jazz scene in the San Francisco
club area known as South of Market. He played and recorded with Groove
Shop, Daddy Goddess, Human Flavor, The Mofessionals, Jungle Biskit,
Alphabet Soup and Bop City. By 1995 Joshi had established himself
as one of the premier sax players in the Bay Area and became one
of the founding members of the popular, innovative jazz band, Mingus
Amungus, who in 1997, won the Bammie Award, the Bay Area’s equivalent
to the music industry’s Grammy’s, for Best Jazz Club Band.
Over the last five years Joshi has continued
to play and record with a growing number of local, national and international
musicians which include John Santos, Pete Escovedo, Blackalicious,
Goapele, Nicodemus, Big Youth, Sister Carol, reggae icon Don Carlos,
rock legend, Carlos Santana and Southern rockers, The Black Crowes.
Joshi is currently working with his own ensemble, The Joshi Marshall