Taking JodyJazz to Cuba

Taking JodyJazz to Cuba

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Community, Events, News | 0 comments

Taking JodyJazz to Cuba Jody Espina, Founder and President of JodyJazz Inc, recently had the opportunity to visit Cuba and spread the word about JodyJazz saxophone mouthpieces among some of the country’s leading saxophone players. Espina was able to take advantage of the new relaxed travel regulations between Cuba and the US in order to make his first visit to the country. Guided by his friend and former Cuba resident Yves Prager, Espina was able to gain an introduction to the musician community there. Espina’s first visit was to the home of world famous saxophonist Cesar Lopez, currently regarded as Cuba’s premier saxophone artist. Lopez is best known for his work as a former member of Cuba’s most famous band, the legendary super-group “Irakere”. Here Jody was warmly welcomed with a feast of traditional Cuban food and rum, followed by some of the finest Cuban cigars. After the meal they set about testing mouthpieces with Cesar Lopez quickly falling in love with the JodyJazz HR* series Alto 7M model, about which he said “It was as if you made it just for me.” The great Cesar Lopez playing the JodyJazz HR* Alto 7M at his house in Havana Cuba They were then joined by Michel Herrera, a great young up-and-coming saxophonist who is currently setting the Cuban music scene alight. It was love at first sight for Michel Herrera also as he immediately fell in love with the JodyJazz JET series Alto 8 model. The three then spent the rest of the afternoon jamming and having a good time with these two tremendous Cuban saxophonists enjoying their new JodyJazz mouthpieces. During his trip Espina was also able to sit in with a number of great Cuban bands at some of Havana’s most famous Jazz clubs including Cesar Lopez’s group at the ‘Jazz Cafe’ and Michel Herrera’s group at ‘La Zorra’. Mr. PC, Trading 4’s with Michel Herrera, Jody Espina, Carlos Enrique Veitia, Hiroshi Iwasky Lopez, at La Zorra, Havana Cuba.  Michel Herrera on JodyJazz JET Alto 8, Jody Espina on JodyJazz DV Alto 8 Of his visit Espina said, “The warmth of the Cuban people, and especially the musicians, is all the reason anyone would need to go there. And the level of musicianship is astounding. But this is still a very poor country with many restrictions placed on its residents,” said Espina. “Meeting, playing and hanging with the great saxophonist Cesar Lopez, was an experience I shall never forget, and meeting and playing with several of the other astounding saxophonists like Michel Herrera was also a big highlight of my trip,” he continued. Though it might be some time before Cuba represents any sort of viable market for American instrument manufacturers, the influence of Afro-Cuban music and its leading practitioners like Cesar Lopez and Michel Herrera continues to cast a long shadow across the globe. JodyJazz Saxophone mouthpieces...

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Jody Espina Featured in Saxophone Today

Jody Espina Featured in Saxophone Today

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Community, News, Social Media | 0 comments

Jody Espina Featured in Saxophone Today The July/August issue of Saxophone Today, the world’s most popular saxophone digital magazine, features Jody Espina on the cover. Jody is featured in a 10-page interview by Thomas Erdmann. Jody considers it the most comprehensive interview in which he has ever participated with by far the most extensive coverage regarding the specifics about mouthpiece techniques and philosophy. Click here to read Jody’s interview in full at the “Reviews” section of the JodyJazz website. Never miss another issue of Saxophone Today Digital Magazine, get your subscription here: www.saxophonetoday.com JodyJazz Saxophone mouthpieces are hand-crafted in the USA with the strictest attention to detail using the highest quality materials, and every single mouthpiece is fully gauged and play tested. Visit us at JodyJazz.com   Share...

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Jody Espina – NAMM Oral History Program

Jody Espina – NAMM Oral History Program

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Community, News, Social Media, Videos | 0 comments

Jody Espina – NAMM Oral History Program Jody Espina was recently interviewed for the NAMM Oral History program. Jody joins a vast list of music products industry founders and luminaries explaining how they got their start in the business and recounting their experiences in the industry. An edited version of the interview appears on the NAMM website, but here you can watch the whole interview in its entirety. The NAMM Oral History video project provides an invaluable documentation of the history of the music products industry. Now spanning several decades, the program has amassed a rich and deep repository of literally hundreds of videotaped interviews conducted with influential and important personalities in the music products industry. It provides a fascinating insight into the people and experiences that have shaped the industry. Each interview is recorded and preserved as a historical document of the industry’s key names and milestones. The information from the Oral History interviews aids in everything from academic research to presentations on the Internet and in the NAMM Museum of Making Music. Everything is geared toward promoting the great accomplishments of the industry and demonstrating its key role in the creation of music throughout the years. Click here to visit the NAMM Oral History web page. JodyJazz Saxophone mouthpieces are hand-crafted in the USA with the strictest attention to detail using the highest quality materials, and every single mouthpiece is fully gauged and play tested. Visit us at JodyJazz.com Share...

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Creative Confidence by Jody Espina

Creative Confidence by Jody Espina

Posted by on Dec 2, 2014 in Community, Play Even Better, Social Media | 0 comments

This Blog Story was first published by ‘The Creative Coast’ and is presented here by Permission This blog entry is an almost literal written representation of my TEDx CreativeCoast Talk on Creativity from earlier this year. There and here I share how I became more creative in all aspects of my life, which by serendipity led to the formation of my company, JodyJazz. Hopefully by the end of this article you’ll have more confidence to go out and do whatever you want without worrying about how good or bad you’ll be. I borrowed this saying from Guy Kawasaki because it fits my subject so well: “Don’t worry – Be Crappy.” When you don’t fear failure, amazing things can happen. Here goes…. I started playing music when I was 12, by 14 I knew I wanted to be a musician and by 15 I was gigging steadily. I was so into music that sometimes my parents had to ask me to stop practicing. But it seemed like everyone was always telling me why I shouldn’t be a musician. I remember my band directors saying, “If you’re going to be a musician, don’t get married and have kids because you’ll never be able to support a family. Many other people told me that I should study anything else other than music so that I’d have something to fall back on if music didn’t work out. I didn’t listen to them and I did become a successful musician in New York City, doing every kind of gig imaginable, teaching a lot of private lessons and running the Jazz department at a private music school. But it takes a lot of hustle to be a working musician and somewhere along the way music became more of a job than a passion. So I picked up a book called The Artist Way, and I began a creative journey that has led to an amazing life. Here are some of the things I did in the 12 weeks of exercises that the book takes you through: Morning Pages Every morning when you wake up, write three pages in long hand about anything and everything or nothing, but write no matter what. The simple act of writing every morning opens you up and gives clues to where your demons hide and what your true desires are. The Artist Date The artist date helps you fill your well of creativity. Once a week you go somewhere by yourself and get inspiration. It could be a park, a museum, a dollar store or anyplace you go with an open mind and heart. One thing I started doing on my artist dates was taking pictures of flowers. I had never taken pictures in my life so this was a big deal to me because for some reason I was convinced that I had no visual sense or talent. I...

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James Carter, Arno Haas, Jody Espina Jam at NAMM 2014

James Carter, Arno Haas, Jody Espina Jam at NAMM 2014

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Community, Hear Good Music, Social Media, Videos | 0 comments

James Carter, Arno Haas, Jody Espina Jam at NAMM 2014 James Carter and Arno Haas Trade fours with Jody Espina at the JodyJazz Booth at NAMM 2014. Jody Espina playing a JodyJazz DV Alto 8 with Rico Jazz Select 3M reed, Arno Haas playing the JodyJazz GIANT Tenor 7* and James Carter playing…….unbelievably! Also playing are Howard Paul of Benedetto Guitars on Guitar and Jennifer Leitham on Bass. “My position as a mouthpiece maker has given me the opportunity to play with many great saxophone virtuosos like George Garzone, Tom Scott, Ed Calle, Andy Snitzer and many others. But of course playing with the greatest players in the world is always a very scary thing.” Said Jody. “In this exchange with James Carter and Arno Haas, you can see when I try and duke it out and when I just surrender.” JodyJazz Saxophone mouthpieces are hand-crafted in the USA with the strictest attention to detail using the highest quality materials, and every single mouthpiece is fully gauged and play tested. Visit us at JodyJazz.com   Share...

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Spotlight on JodyJazz Artist Gregory Yasinitsky

Spotlight on JodyJazz Artist Gregory Yasinitsky

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Community, News, Social Media | 0 comments

JodyJazz Artist Spotlight – Gregory Yasinitsky Gregory W. Yasinitsky, Regents Professor of Music and Director of the School of Music at Washington State University, has an international reputation as a composer, arranger and saxophonist. Under Greg’s leadership, the WSU Jazz Studies Program has received widespread recognition including awards from Down Beat magazine, invitations to perform at prestigious conferences and top awards at major jazz festivals. Yasinitsky has over 185 published musical works performed in over forty countries world-wide. Recent performances include appearances at Carnegie Hall and Jazz at Lincoln center and his compositions and saxophone playing are featured on over forty CD recordings. Greg’s newest project is the Nighthawk Jazz Quartet. The group shall be releasing their first CD imminently. Greg composed all the tunes and plays Tenor and Baritone. Dave Hagelganz, the other saxophonists in the group also plays JodyJazz. Greg plays JodyJazz on all the horns; Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Baritone. “After trying JodyJazz for fifteen seconds, I knew I had to buy JodyJazz mouthpieces for all of my horns.” Said Greg. “There are the fabulous JodyJazz mouthpieces, and then there are all the rest. None can compare to JodyJazz. JodyJazz mouthpieces are simply the greatest mouthpieces in the universe! I am proud to play JodyJazz, the mouthpieces played by the greatest saxophonists in the world.” Greg’s choice for Soprano is the DV Soprano 7*, for Alto it’s the DV NY Alto 7, the DV NY Tenor 7 for his Tenor and for Baritone his choice is the DV NY Baritone 8. Click here for more information on the JodyJazz DV Soprano Click here for more information on the JodyJazz DV NY Alto Click here for more information on the JodyJazz DV NY Tenor Click here for more information on the JodyJazz DV NY Baritone Yasinitsky has performed with Randy Brecker, Sean Jones, Ed Calle, Alex Acuna, Kirk Whalum, Claudio Roditi, Conrad Herwig, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, Louis Bellson, Stan Getz, Lionel Hampton, Lou Rawls, Manhattan Transfer, and many others. He has written music especially for David Sanborn, Clark Terry, Dave Liebman and the USAF “Airmen of Note” big band. He is a member of the Washington State Music Educators Hall of Fame and a recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Commission Project, Artist Trust and ASCAP. Click here to visit Gregory Yasinitsky’s JodyJazz Artist Endorser Page. JodyJazz Saxophone mouthpieces are hand-crafted in the USA with the strictest attention to detail using the highest quality materials, and every single mouthpiece is fully gauged and play tested. Visit us at JodyJazz.com   Share...

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