Tenor Sax Great JD Allen Now Playing JodyJazz

Posted by on May 10, 2018 in News | 0 comments

JD Allen joins the JodyJazz Family of Endorser Artists Tenor Saxophone titan JD Allen has joined the JodyJazz family of Artist Endorsers. One of the most important and brightest stars on the International Jazz scene today, JD Allen continues to expand his catalog with wide recognition for his unique and compelling voice on the Tenor saxophone. “A GIANT among mouthpieces. My JodyJazz Giant 8 makes it easier to express honest human emotions, which is the ultimate goal for any artist; translating the four basic human emotions of Happiness, Fear, Anger & Sadness – onto his or her horn,” said JD. “This mouthpiece is helping me realize this goal.” “We are very pleased to welcome JD Allen as a JodyJazz Endorser Artist,” said Jody Espina, Founder and President of JodyJazz. “JD is one of the most important new voices on Tenor Sax to have hit the Jazz world in recent years. He has a unique and instantly recognizable sound and I am so proud for JodyJazz to be a part of that. There is so much more music to come from JD and we are excited to hear him develop and to support him in what is sure to be amazing career.” JD Allen’s mouthpiece choice is the JodyJazz GIANT Tenor 8. Click here for more information on the GIANT Tenor mouthpieces. JD Allen has been featured on NPR’s Fresh Air, in THE ATLANTIC, The New York Times (on the blues) and hailed by Ben Ratliff as, “a tenor saxophonist with an enigmatic, elegant and hard-driving style,” JD Allen is one of the most thoughtful jazz saxophonists on the scene today. A prolific composer, JD releases a new album every year. Winner of Downbeat, JazzTimes and NPR polls in categories including NPR’s Best Jazz of the Year, Tenor Saxophonist of the Year, Composer of the Year and Rising Star of the Year and JJA WINNER Short Form Jazz News Documentary, Mario Lathan, for VICTORY! – The Making of JD Allen’s Victory in 2012. The Detroit native’s apprenticeship has largely been in New York, where he has performed, recorded, and toured with legends from Lester Bowie to Betty Carter and Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris to contemporaries Cindy Blackman and Meshell Ndegeocello. Since making a strong impression during his early years in New York, serving an invaluable tenure with Betty Carter, JD has come a long way – now fully possessed of his own sound. JD has appeared on WNYC’S Leonard Lopate Show, Jazz Perspectives, Soundcheck and festivals and has headlined worldwide stages including the Village Vanguard, Newport, Saratoga and Summerstage/Charlie Parker Jazz Festivals. At the request of saxophone colossus, Sonny Rollins and filmmaker Dick Fontaine, JD was invited to open up ceremonies for the screening of the lauded film, “Sonny Rollins – Beyond The Notes” at The 2013 Woodstock Film Festival to great acclaim. JD also appeared in Fontaine’s documentary on...

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Count Basie Orchestra’s Doug Lawrence Now Playing the SUPER JET Tenor

Count Basie Orchestra’s Doug Lawrence Now Playing the SUPER JET Tenor

Posted by on May 10, 2018 in News | 0 comments

Doug Lawrence joins the JodyJazz Family of Endorser Artists Acclaimed veteran Tenor sax player Doug Lawrence has one of the most extensive resumes of any saxophonist alive today, but he is probably most well-known as the featured sax soloist with the Count Basie Orchestra. At the recent Texas Music Educators Association show in San Antonio, Doug had the opportunity to try the new SUPER JET Tenor mouthpieces and was instantly blown away. “I can use this mouthpiece for any gig that I play. My main gig with the Count Basie Orchestra, this mouthpiece will be perfect for that, or small group with the Dexter Gordon Legacy Quintet with Louis Hayes, this is going to be perfect,” said Doug. “Just what I need. It’s the best mouthpiece on the market.” Doug’s choice is the SUPER JET Tenor 7* Born in Louisiana and raised in New Mexico, Doug spent over 25 years making a name for himself in New York City. Among the artists Doug has performed and recorded with include – Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Dizzy Gillespie, Ray Charles, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Rosemary Clooney, Billy Eckstine, Jimmy Cobb, Frank Wess, Anita O’Day, Buck Clayton, Dakota Staton, Wild Bill Davis, Benny Carter, Bobby Short, Eddie Durham, Stevie Wonder, Diane Schuur, Patti Austin, The Smithsonian Masterworks Orchestra, Dennis Mackrel’s Manhattan Symphony Jazz Orchestra, George Bensen, Clyde Stubblefield, Lizz Wright, Marlena Shaw, Nnenna Freelon, Ledisi, Jamie Cullum, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Lady Gaga, Andra Day and many others. As the featured tenor saxophone soloist with the Legendary 18-time Grammy® award-winning Count Basie Orchestra, Doug has toured the world extensively. The Basie Orchestra has no parallel in jazz. They have won more awards, polls and Grammys® than any other jazz big band in history. The chair Doug fills (1st tenor) has been inhabited by a virtual “who’s who” of jazz tenor saxophonists. They include – Lester Young, Hershel Evans, Don Byas, Eli “Lucky” Thompson, Budd Johnson, Buddy Tate, Illinois Jacquet, Wardell Gray, Paul Quinechette, Frank Wess, Frank Foster, Billy Mitchell, Sal Nistico, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Jimmy Forrest, Eric Schneider and Kenny Hing. Doug’s recordings as leader are the critical and commercial hits Soul Carnival on the Warner Bros/Fable/Lightyear label (#3 Album Jazz Charts USA for 14 weeks 1998), High Heel Sneakers on the Warner Bros/Fable/Lightyear label (#11 Album Jazz Charts USA 1999), Street Wise on the All-Tribe label (Top 25 Jazz Albums of the Year Japan 2004), Big Band Swing on the Black Orchid label (4 stars All Music Guide), New Organ Trio on the Cactus label (Top Seller iTunes Japan 2014) and the singles DL’S Groove. No More Goodbyes and Street Singer on the Cactus label (2016). Click here for more information on the new JodyJazz SUPER JET Tenor mouthpieces. Doug’s upcoming recording projects (2018 releases) will be a Latin-Jazz album featuring among others Bobby...

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New SUPER JET Tenor – DownBeat Magazine Review

New SUPER JET Tenor – DownBeat Magazine Review

Posted by on Mar 29, 2018 in Know Your Gear, News | 0 comments

New SUPER JET Tenor – DownBeat Magazine Review The May 2018 issue of DownBeat Magazine features a great review of the brand new SUPER JET Tenor mouthpiece.  Reviewer Bruce Gibson, who conducted last year’s review in DownBeat of the SUPER JET Alto, is similarly enthralled by the Tenor. Here is the review in full: JodyJazz SUPER JET Tenor Sax Mouthpiece Big Sound, Roaring Response JodyJazz has expanded its metal SUPER JET mouthpiece series—an extension of the company’s hard-rubber JET series—with the addition of the SUPER JET Tenor Saxophone model. The SUPER JET Alto Saxophone mouthpiece, released last year, was a gas to play, so I was especially eager to test-fly the new SUPER JET for tenor. I tried a 7* and an 8* SUPER JET tenor mouthpiece, each accompanied by an “H”-style ligature, mouthpiece cap and drawstring mouthpiece pouch. Like the alto SUPER JETs, they are handsome works of virgin bell brass and silver plating. They come in a soft purple pouch that professional saxophonists are sure to appreciate. In play-testing both sizes of the SUPER JET for tenor, I was impressed by the immense power and flexibility they provided. I tried them on my vintage Selmer Mark VI tenor and a brand-new Sax Dakota SDT-XR 52 tenor. I paired them with Vandoren Java Red Box #2½ and #3 reeds, as well as a synthetic Peter Ponzol ProReed #3. Click here for more information on the new JodyJazz SUPER JET Tenor mouthpiece. I started with the 8* SUPER JET and a Ponzol reed on the Sax Dakota, and the volume capacity was incredible. I had to go into a bigger room in order to appreciate the SUPER JET’s desirable tonal qualities and to fully harness its immense power. My favorite mouthpiece-reed combination was the 7* SUPER JET with the #2½ Red Box reeds—this gave me the most flexible response in lower tones and softer playing, especially on my Mark VI (which I use for most of my professional gigs). This setup gave me the inflection control that I would want for big band section work and soloing, not to mention the power to really let it rip with a rock group. Both the 7* and the 8* models articulated and sub-toned smoothly and easily. Intonation was excellent throughout, and my altissimo range was bolstered in a major way-playing the SUPER JET, you feel like you can wail way up in the stratosphere all night. Saxophonists desiring that big sound with great response for jazz, smooth-jazz and rock should consider the JodyJazz SUPER JET Tenor Saxophone mouthpiece, which is available in the following tip openings: 6 (.090), 7(.101), 7*(.108), 8*(.116), 9*(.125) and 10*(.135). JodyJazz achieves consistent quality in the SUPER JET series by employing state-of-the-art 3D design techniques, a five-axis CNC machine and hand-finishing. Bruce Gibson – DownBeat Magazine May 2018 Click here for more reviews of JodyJazz mouthpieces JodyJazz Saxophone...

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New SUPER JET Tenors

New SUPER JET Tenors

Posted by on Mar 21, 2018 in Know Your Gear, News | 0 comments

Introducing the New SUPER JET Tenors Following hot on the heels of the super popular SUPER JET Alto mouthpieces we are now very excited to introduce the new SUPER JET Tenor models. The new SUPER JET Tenors are available now and offer many of the same performance characteristics that made the SUPER JET Altos so popular. The new SUPER JET Tenor is available in 6, 7, 7*, 8*, 9* & 10* tip openings.After their launch last year, the SUPER JET Altos quickly became one of JodyJazz’s top selling mouthpiece models and based upon the early response, the SUPER Tenors appear destined to soon join them on the same ‘Top Ten’ lists. Developed specifically with the Smooth Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Rock and Funk player in mind, the SUPER JET Tenor is a very contemporary sounding mouthpiece with many characteristics that JodyJazz has not offered in a Tenor model before. The new SUPER JET Tenor model is going to give you more power, more edge and more altissimo. But like the Alto model, it is beautifully free-blowing with enough bottom in the sound to make it more versatile than many mouthpieces in this category of small chamber pieces. As our first mouthpiece with these brighter characteristics, we were extremely excited by the success of the SUPER JET Alto. A number of our top Endorser Artists like Andy Snitzer and Darren Rahn are playing the SUPER JET Alto now and all of them who play Tenor immediately asked ‘when can I get this in a tenor!?’ So we began the development right away and have been delighted with the results. Anyone who likes the Alto model will be blown away by the Tenor. If you like plenty of volume and cutting power, this mouthpiece is for you!!”The new SUPER JET Tenor models are made at the JodyJazz factory in Savannah, GA using five-axis CNC technology. It is a Silver-Plated Brass mouthpiece and incorporates many of the same state-of-the-art manufacturing techniques developed by JodyJazz during the design and development of the award-winning DV Series. Each SUPER JET Tenor is individually hand-crafted to the strictest quality standards and every single mouthpiece is fully gauged and play tested by experienced professionals before it leaves the factory. The new SUPER JET Tenors have a MSRP of $395.00 and ship with Rico H Ligature, Cap & Pouch.And don’t forget, for the ultimate upgrade we recommend the new POWER RING® Ligature. For Gold chose the ‘MT1’ and for Silver the ‘MT1S’. Click Here for More Info POWER RING Ligatures New Endorser Artist Doug Lawrence recently tried the new SUPER JET Tenor and immediately fell in love!! Doug is a world-renowned Tenor sax player who has played with every one from Tony Bennett to Lady Gaga. He is the featured tenor soloist in the 18-time Grammy winning Count Basie Orchestra. Said Doug, “I can use this mouthpiece for any...

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New SUPER JET Alto – DownBeat Magazine Review

New SUPER JET Alto – DownBeat Magazine Review

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Know Your Gear, News | 0 comments

New SUPER JET Alto – DownBeat Magazine Review In the May 2017 issue of DownBeat Magazine reviewer Bruce Gibson takes the new SUPER JET Alto mouthpiece for a test drive and finds that it hits all the right notes in all the right places. Here is the review in full: JodyJazz SUPER JET Alto Saxophone Sax Mouthpiece Contemporary Sound, Great Power JodyJazz has announced its new Super Jet saxophone mouthpiece series, which incorporates manufacturing techniques developed during design and development of the company’s DV, Giant and Jet mouthpieces. The first available Super Jet model is for alto saxophone.  Building on the success of its recently released Jet line of hard-rubber saxophone mouthpieces, JodyJazz has designed the Super Jet — constructed from virgin brass and silver-plated — with smooth-jazz, rock and funk players in mind. The goal was to create a contemporary-sounding mouthpiece with great power. “I wanted to apply many of the characteristics that had proved so popular with the Jet series to a metal mouthpiece,” said Jody Espina, president of JodyJazz. “The result has been far beyond our expectations. I feel now for the first time, we have a mouthpiece that spectacularly provides the tonality and performance that the majority of smooth-jazz players are looking for, but still without sacrificing bottom in the tone and the free-blowing nature that has become synonymous with JodyJazz pieces.” Click here for more information on the new JodyJazz SUPER JET Alto mouthpiece. I was excited by the results I got when trying the Super Jet alto mouthpiece (size 7 tip opening) with Vandoren Java (Red Box) #2½ and Fibracell medium reeds on a vintage Selmer Mark VI as well as the brand-new Yamaha 50th Anniversary Custom Z. I found the Super Jet to be comfortable, responsive and free-blowing. The lower notes on the altos were warm and rich sounding, even at low volumes. Articulation was crisp and intonation well-centered and accurate throughout all registers. The higher notes and altissimo range were incredibly responsive and impressively powerful. Both altos that I paired with the Super Jet projected very well without needing an unusually strong air flow — it was as if a gate had been opened and I had suddenly reached a new level of freedom to wail. The supplied Rico H ligature complemented the mouthpiece nicely. I thoroughly enjoyed playing the Super Jet on lead alto parts in a big band. The mouthpiece blended nicely in the saxophone section and gave me all the power I could want. As a soloist in a moderately loud ensemble, it was liberating to not have to worry about being heard without a microphone. Its “wow” factor has implications that go far beyond mainstream jazz, though. In a funk, fusion or r&b setting, this mouthpiece has the potential to sound great while really “letting it rip” in all registers of the alto. I would recommend the...

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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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