John Mosca, a native New Yorker and Juilliard graduate, has performed with Pierre Boulez and the Metropolitan Opera, as well as Dizzy Gillespie, Sarah Vaughan, Joe Williams, and Stan Getz, to name a few. He is one of the most respected instrumentalists in the world, a brilliant soloist, and one of the best jazz trombonists ever to grace the scene.
He has played with the Grammy-nominated Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, formerly the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, since 1975 and currently serves as its director. He has also appeared in the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. At Smalls, he has been featured for many years with Across 7th Street and with the Chris Byars Octet.
Mosca has also been actively involved in jazz education for more than 20 years, having served on the faculty at the Manhattan School of Music, the New England Conservatory, and the University of Connecticut, among others.