8/31: Josh Rzepka at Musica



Oberlin grad Josh Rzepka looks young enough to still be in high school. But the trumpet player is currently enrolled in a graduate program at Boston University. While in town this summer, he quickly recorded and released Midwest Coast. Backed by pianist Jackie Warren, bassist Peter Dominguez and drummer Ron Godale, Rzepka pounded out the album’s nine tunes in a two-day session in mid-June and self-released the album last week. On songs like the breezy “Jackie’s Bossa” and the tasteful “Call Me Back,” Rzepka keeps it simple and even lets his band take over at times. Nothing too avant-garde, Midwest Coast takes a traditional approach and reveals just how much Rzepka’s classical training has made him a consummate player. He closes out his hometown summer with a show at Musica (51 E. Market St., Akron, 330.374.1114). John-Marcel and Margaret Williams open at 8 p.m. Tickets: $8. — Jeff Niesel

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