He’s a thoughtful and sensitive musician whose mature compositions and creative arrangements naturally inspire fine solos from all those involved.
— Ingrid Jensen

Josh Rager is a pianist, arranger, composer and teacher based in Montreal, Canada. Throughout his 15-year career, he has performed extensively in North America, Japan and Europe. In 2005, he was nominated for the Prix du Festival at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. In 2007, he played at Carnegie Hall with Nikki Yanofsky and also appeared on her Juno-nominated release “Ella…Of Thee I Swing.” He also received a commission from the European Broadcasting Union  in 2009 to compose a jazz suite for two pianos entitled “Menuet and Duo,” which was recorded by CBC at its premiere at Montreal's Pollack Hall and broadcast internationally. Currently, he's an assistant professor in the jazz specialization at Montreal's Concordia University.

Josh's most recent release features new original music for his nonet and was released in October 2017 on Bent River Records. He's also performed and/or recorded with Ingrid Jensen, Walt Weiskopf, Donny McCaslin, Joe Morrello, Pat LaBarbera, Kevin Dean, Ranee Lee and Dawn Tyler Watson.

Cover photographs by Evan Shay.