Jody Espina and Howard Paul Release Great New Recording
Jody Espina, Founder and President of JodyJazz Inc and Howard Paul, President and CEO of Benedetto Guitars, have joined together to release a new music recording titled ‘The Presidents’.
One of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, the historic and picturesque city of Savannah, Georgia is well known for its famous squares, antebellum architecture, horse-drawn carriages and beautiful oak trees covered with Spanish moss. But few people realize that it also home to two of the most well-known and highly regarded musical instrument manufacturers in the entire music products industry; JodyJazz Inc makers of premium saxophone mouthpieces and Benedetto Guitars, the world's foremost maker of custom archtop jazz guitars.
An important reason why both these companies continue to be leaders in their respective fields is because both Espina and Paul are world-class musicians in their own right who maintain a regular performance and recording schedule in addition to their Executive duties. Jody Espina is a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and an accomplished saxophone player, Howard Paul is a virtuoso Jazz Guitarist and both men boasts an extensive list of credits as both sidemen and leaders.
After many years playing together all over Savannah and the low country in various groups and settings, Jody and Howard were finally able to get in to the studio to record a selection of their favorite tunes. Under the name ‘The Presidents’ (naturally!) they assembled a group of gifted musicians including bass-player extraordinaire Mark Peterson and the great New York drummer Karl Latham, both of whom they had performed with regularly in the past. As an added special guest the brilliant drummer/percussionist Andrés Forero, most well-known for his current gig with the Broadway mega hit ‘Hamilton’, also contributes his unique talents playing percussion on the recording.
Available now, ‘The Presidents’ offers Espina and Paul’s inspired, always swinging and highly unique take on various Straight-Ahead and American Songbook standards. Way more than just some fancy product showcase, it’s a chance to hear two world-class musicians in their prime, beautifully recorded and supported by some of the most accomplished musicians in the country.
‘The Presidents’ is available now on iTunes and CDBaby
Jody Espina and Howard Paul will be performing together with special guests Sax greats Andy Snitzer and Don Braden at the JodyJazz booth (#8725) during the 2018 Winter NAMM Show. Performance times are Thursday thru Saturday 11.30am, 2.00pm & 4.00pm and on Sunday 11.30am & 2.00pm