Ryan Burrage on JodyJazz Mouthpiece
Ryan Burrage on the JodyJazz HR* Clarinet:
“I play the JodyJazz HR* 9 Clarinet mouthpiece on all of my gigs. My style, partially rooted in the New Orleans Creole clarinet tradition, requires a larger tip opening than what is available from other mouthpiece manufacturers. Projection is fabulous and intonation is spot on with a beautiful tone. It is a free-blowing clarinet mouthpiece that you don’t need to fight to play.
I also use the Chedeville Kaspar CB1 64mm, 65mm, and 66mm clarinet barrels. While these barrels do indeed look cool, they actually help with projection and intonation. I always have these 3 barrels in my case to help with intonation as needed.”
Ryan Burrage on the JodyJazz JodyJazz GIANT Garzone Signature Model 10* and SUPER JET Tenor 9*:
“When I’m called to play tenor for more traditional jazz/swing work, I play the JodyJazz GIANT Garzone Signature Model 10*. As Jody describes it, the mouthpiece provides a BIG sound, but not LOUD. I find it is well-balanced throughout the range, blends well with the ensemble, and the larger tip opening helps with projection. Intonation is spot on and it is very free-blowing, despite the larger tip.
If I am called for more R&B/Jump Swing styles, I use the Super Jet 9*. I first tried the Super Jet at JEN 2020 in New Orleans at the JodyJazz booth, and I was blown away with the projection, tone, and intonation. It’s a mouthpiece that turns heads and definitely has a “wow” factor. As is the case with all of Jody’s mouthpieces, it is also free-blowing and easy to play.”
Ryan Burrage on the JodyJazz DV Soprano Sax Mouthpiece:
“Jody, got the DV 8* soprano mouthpiece today. Wow! Just wow! As you know, I’m heavily influenced by Sidney Bechet, and this mouthpiece gets me as close to that sound as I think you can get! I also will use a slightly harder reed to achieve a mellower sound in a more contemporary setting. Overall, this is the most flexible soprano sax mouthpiece I’ve ever tried – the best of both worlds.”
Ryan Burrage on the JodyJazz DV Alto Sax Mouthpiece:
“I’m loving the DV 8. Tonal flexibility and complexity at its best. I can play contemporary or traditional with this mouthpiece, depending on my approach. If I push it, it wails – if I lay back on it, it’s just a beautiful mellow sound. Everything from Bird to Earl Bostic and beyond can be covered with this mouthpiece!”
Ryan Burrage on the JodyJazz DV Tenor Sax Mouthpiece:
“Tenor saxophones, and mouthpieces for that matter, are tricky for me. Perhaps it’s because of the wide array of influences I have on tenor. I tend to use a different mouthpiece on tenor for different scenarios. If I want to wail and honk, I use the DV 9*. If it’s a Zoot Sims, more mellow type of sound I’m looking for, I’ll use the DVNY 9*.”
Ryan Burrage on the JodyJazz DV Baritone Sax Mouthpiece:
“I don’t get to play baritone sax too much, but when I do, I use the DV 9. Because I don’t play bari a lot, I need it to be ready to play when I pick it up, and that’s exactly what the DV 9 does for me – it practically plays itself! Other than the size of the horn, I generally feel as though I am playing alto or tenor, and forget about the fact that I’m playing the much larger baritone sax! Thanks a lot!”
Ryan Burrage is a true gem in the musical landscape. He’s a virtuoso clarinet player in the style of the old New Orleans Masters, yet he introduces fresh and new ideas throughout his playing. His sound is huge and his range is even larger. After 6-1/2 years of leading the band at the renowned Fritzel’s European Jazz Pub on Bourbon Street, Ryan is now the clarinetist/saxophonist with the world renowned Dukes of Dixieland, featured on the Riverboat Natchez 7 nights a week(when not on tour). I had a great time sitting in with Ryan at Fritzel’s and was amazed at the high notes he was hitting and the fluidity with which he was doing it. I was quite proud when he announced to the crowd that he was playing a JodyJazz mouthpiece. He plays it with the spoiler in, by the way. When you are in New Orleans I highly recommend hearing this Trad Master.
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