Josh Taddeo is a professional bassist based in Los Angeles, California. He has extensive professional experience in both live performance and recording. As a bassist, he has studied and performed in a range of styles including pop, rock, R&B, gospel, country, classical, jazz, fusion, world and many more. Josh also provides lead and background vocals for projects that call for additional vocalists. As a composer, Josh Taddeo writes for an array of styles through his solo project and compositional works for other artists.
Josh Taddeo began studying music with his father, John Taddeo, in Rancho Santa Margarita (a small town in Orange County). He continued his studies at the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA). There Josh studied big band and combo jazz, latin, fusion, and music theory with Bijon Watson. Through OCHSA he was able to perform with and learn from other great guest artists such as Bill Cunliffe, Justo Almario, the Clayton-Hamilton Trio, Carmen Bradford, and Sal Cracchiolo.
After graduating he moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). There he expanded his studies into world music and culture by majoring in ethnomusicology. At UCLA Josh studied with prominent professors in many different fields. He studied with Kenny Burrell in several jazz combos, Charley Harrison in arranging and jazz combo, Gerald Wilson for orchestration and jazz history, James Newton for composition, and Kobla Ladzekpo to learn the music, song, and dance of West Africa. Josh’s degree in ethnomusicology expanded his musical knowledge to styles and cultures from around the world.
While studying at UCLA, Josh Taddeo continued to take private bass lessons from Alphonso Johnson, Dan Lutz and Roberto Miranda. He also began performing with ensembles throughout Los Angeles. The ensembles extend through an expansive number of styles including pop, rock, R&B, gospel and country.