Josh Rutner, Respect’s lone reedman, grew up in sunny Rochester, NY. He studied saxophone and improvisation with David Pope (a former student of Yusef Lateef), and attended the Eastman School of Music, receiving his degree in Jazz Performance in 2003. Spontaneity and humor pervade Josh’s playing. Steeped in jazz and improvisation, Josh also has a great deal of experience playing salsa & merengue, R&B, and eastern European folk music. Josh currently lives in Fort Greene, Brooklyn, where he is a member of several ensembles including TEETH, Six Types of Ambiguity, HappyFunSmile, FACE, and Salo.