New JET Baritone – Jazzwise Magazine Review

New JET Baritone – Jazzwise Magazine Review

Posted by on Aug 2, 2016 in Know Your Gear, News | 0 comments

New JET Baritone – Jazzwise Magazine Review Jazzwise is the UK’s biggest selling Jazz Magazine and one of the most popular Jazz publications in all of Europe. In their August 2016 issue, Jazzwise took the new JodyJazz JET Baritone mouthpiece through its paces.  As you will see, they were more than a little impressed! Here is the review in full: JodyJazz Jet Baritone Sax Mouthpiece “We had already tested the JET tenor in the July 2015 issue of Jazzwise and were so impressed by the playability of the product that we promptly purchased it as our new ‘benchmark’ tenor mouthpiece. So when the baritone JET arrived on the test bench, we were understandably intrigued and excited about how the ‘bigger brother’ would match up to the smaller sibling.” “Like the tenor, the baritone is manufactured using JodyJazz’s proprietary polycarbonate alloy, which not only allows for super fine tolerances, but also offers an outer surface that is silky smooth to the touch. It’s vented rubberized cap just adds a certain style and class to its appeal. We also think that the Rico’H’ ligature is the JET’s perfect partner.” “Given that the house baritone was in the process of getting a news set of pads, we borrowed a silver-plated low A Elkhart for this particular test – and what a beauty it was!” “The baritone JET immediately reminded us of what we liked so much about the JET tenor – the well-centered warm, rich tone. And like its stablemate, the baritone JET is very free blowing, has spot on intonation and wows us with the ease with which you’re able to manipulate the sound.” Click here for more information on the new JodyJazz JET Baritone mouthpiece. “The altissimo is a dream and surprise, surprise, this mouthpiece plays just as easily in the bottom register! Needless to say, if you’re a baritone player, we suggest that you give the JET a blow. We can all but guarantee that you won’t be disappointed!” Click here for more reviews of JodyJazz mouthpieces 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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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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New JET Baritone – DownBeat Magazine Review

New JET Baritone – DownBeat Magazine Review

Posted by on May 12, 2016 in Know Your Gear, News | 0 comments

New JET Tenor – DownBeat Magazine Review The May 2016 issue of DownBeat Magazine features a comprehensive review of the brand new JET Baritone mouthpiece. Downbeat contributing editor Ed Enright provides a very thorough review of this new mouthpiece, rigorously putting it through its paces in a variety of musical settings. As you will see the dynamic new JET Baritone passes with flying colors. Here is the review in full: JodyJazz Jet Baritone Sax Mouthpiece Clean & Focused with a Mighty Roar “JodyJazz continues to develop its popular Jet line of saxophone mouth- pieces with the introduction of a new baritone model—one that might help saxophonists overcome some of the instrument’s perceived barriers and ultimately lead to more bari converts. Like the company’s alto and tenor Jet models, the new bari version is designed to ramp up your projection and boost your ability to “cut” when desired, especially in sonic environments that are challenging for saxo- phonists. Alto and tenor players who have already caught on to the Jet’s concept have also discovered that it’s capable of so much more, and the bari model is no exception. It is available in size 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 tip openings. I played the Jet in multiple settings: in the horn section of a classic rock cover band, in a big band and in a New Orleans r&b band (on Mardi Gras). And I used it on two very different baris: a vintage low-B-flat King and a new low-A horn by Antigua. In that time, I decided that I want the Jet to be my go-to mouthpiece whenever I want a little extra oomph or seek a more subtle change in my approach. Click here for more information on the new JodyJazz JET Baritone mouthpiece. First things first: The Jet is indeed capable of a mighty roar, as its name suggests. I not only could achieve extreme volume (especially useful with the rock group), but I could use my chops to put noticeably more emphasis on the high and mid-level overtones in my sound. I was able to be heard over the amplified bass, guitars and keyboards that I am normally fighting against in that kind of setting. It was a real relief to be heard – and still get a clean, focused sound—without blowing a gasket in the process. Unlike some mouthpieces that are designed to achieve extreme effects, the Jet sounds great in the bari’s lower register, all the way down to low B-flat and low A. And, you can get a great tone out of it at low dynamic lev- els, like when I was playing sweet-sounding passages and blending with four other saxes in the big band. This flexibility is what will make the Jet an attractive piece for working bari players who are called upon to play differ- ent roles in various types of ensembles....

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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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New JET Tenor – DownBeat Magazine Review

New JET Tenor – DownBeat Magazine Review

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Know Your Gear, News | 0 comments

New JET Tenor – DownBeat Magazine Review The June 2015 issue of DownBeat Magazine features an excellent review of the new JET Tenor mouthpiece. Reviewer, Steve Eisen, gives a very comprehensive overview of this exciting new mouthpiece that provides many insights as to why it has become so very popular. Here is the review in full: “When I reviewed the Giant tenor saxophone mouthpiece from JodyJazz in the May 2014 issue of Downbeat, I was impressed with its somewhat unique design, and even more so with how it played. So I was excited when given the opportunity to review JodyJazz’s new Jet tenor mouthpiece. I had been hearing great things about the company’s alto model of the Jet, which has been available for a little more than a year. From the outside, the Jet resembles JodyJazz’s HR* model, but the inside is another story. I could see by the extreme baffle and thin rails that it was going to have some serious kick. I was sent size 8 and 9 tip openings, and I decided the 8 was more to my liking and closer to the tip opening that I’m most accustomed to on tenor. I chose a Rico Select Jazz 2H reed and used the Rico H ligature that comes with the Jet (cap is included also). The Jet was a complete blast to play from the very start. After an adjustment period of about five minutes or so, I felt extremely comfortable on it. The Jet had a bit more brightness than I was used to. But while playing it over the next week, I found it was easy to control. The dynamic range of the Jet is incredible. This piece can really scream, and I was pleasantly surprised at its ability to maintain a big, full sound when I backed way off and played softly. The Jet articulates extremely well with little effort all up and down the range of the horn. I have to make special mention of how it performs upstairs. The Jet’s altissimo range is astounding. It controls with ease all the way up to double F# (that’s as high as I go), with no dead spots anywhere along the way. The pitch is awesome as well, almost like it’s on rails. The Jet feels silky-smooth and packs enough punch to cut through guitars, keyboards, loud trumpet players and the like with very little effort in all ranges. Also surprising was the great response and articulation at the bottom end of the horn. Many of the “screamer” tenor pieces I’ve tried give up a lot down low. That is not at all the case with the Jet.Click here for more information on the new JodyJazz JET Tenor mouthpiece. I had several opportunities to use the Jet on gigs, and it performed beautifully. One was a horn section session for a blues recording. Pitch...

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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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