Josh Dion Band

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Josh Dion Band
Josh Dion, Nice 2012.jpg
Josh Dion (Nice 2012)
Background information
OriginNew York City
GenresRock n' roll, Americana
Years active2004–2008
Associated actsparis_monster
MembersJosh Dion
Daniel Hindman
Sarah Versprille
Pat Firth
Brian Killeen

The Josh Dion Band is a musical group based out of New York City led by singing drummer/songwriter Josh Dion. The group is commonly associated with the rock n' roll/Americana genres of music.


Dion is a "singing drummer"[1] who made his first impression in New York in February 2004 at Blue Note with, among others, guitar master Chuck Loeb, saxophonist Kim Waters and Will Lee. Before that, he toured the country with jazz funk quartet ulu from 2003–2004 and played drums on their fourth record, entitled "Nerve."


In early 2004, Dion began writing and rehearsing original material with guitarist Daniel Hindman, keyboardist Pat Firth, and bassist Brian Killeen. All members of the band at one point attended William Paterson University in Wayne, NJ. Their first performance date was at the Sarah Street Bar and Grill on February 4, 2004 in Stoudsburg, PA. At the time, the focus of the group was based loosely on songwriting and heavily on improvisation because of the lack of original material. Early influences of the band included blues, funk, jazz, and rock n' roll, though this sound would become more consolidated as the band progressed.

In July 2004, the JDB (as it is affectionately abbreviated) began performing in New York City at such venues as Suite 16 and The Bitter End. By this point, the band had acquired enough original material to perform a consolidated set focusing now primarily on songwriting. Shortly after, vocalists Sarah Versprille and Justin Wade joined the group to help fill out the missing vocal harmonies in the developing songs of the band.

The band continued to perform in the New York City area as well as travel throughout the East Coast opening for the likes of Buddy Guy, Los Lonely Boys, Eric Johnson, Spyro Gyra, and Cowboy Mouth. During this time they recorded their first album entitled 'Give Love'[permanent dead link], which included appearances from guitarist Chuck Loeb and vocalist Will Lee.

The 'Give Love' album opened doorways for the group to travel to Spain for their first international tour in May 2006. This tour was dubbed the 'Word Of Mouth' tour simply because the band was an unknown quantity in Europe at the time. The band was received with excellent reviews and attendance at all of its shows.[citation needed] After returning to the United States the group began recording their second album of live material simply entitled 'Live'. The 'Live' album was released on October 7, 2006.

In 2007 the band continued touring heavily with an appearance at the Den Hague Jazz Festival as well as a second tour of Spain and an opening performance slot with the Spin Doctors. Their last album, 'Anthems For The Long Distance' was released on May 2, 2008 at a release show at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. Shortly after, the band returned to Spain for a third tour with an appearance at the WOMAD festival in Cáceres. Josh Dion Band officially performed their last show on December 31, 2008 as part of a New Year's Eve celebration at the Bitter End in New York City.


Title Year of Release Label
Give Love 2005 Independent Release
Live 2006 Independent Release
Anthems For The Long Distance 2008 Independent Release


  1. ^ Lowell, Pam (4 May 2006). "Spyro Gyra here on Saturday night". Ridgefield Press. Retrieved 21 February 2011.