Jody Espina is the founder, President and designer of Jody Jazz clarinet and saxophone mouthpieces.
Jody has extensive teaching and performing experience, having studied with such masters as Joe Viola, John LaPorte, Joe Allard and Junie Farrell. He performed with such artists as Mel Torme, Eddie Arnold, Lew Soloff, Dave Douglas and many others. He still performs with his trio, Tricycle, and his jazz quartet, Four Five VI.
Jody has been involved in the Grammy on the Schools Program, and has given Master Classes on such topics as sound production, improvising, practice techniques, and mouthpiece technology.
He recently gave a TED Talk on creative confidence.
You can read more about Jody Espina here.
In this episode, we talked about:
- How Jody’s mentors shaped his tone and playing
- Jody’s relationship with Santy Runyon and how the name Jody Jazz came about
- Jody’s advice for trying out mouthpieces
- The new Chedeville line for classical clarinet and saxophone players
- Jody’s suggestion for “Reed Parties”
- and much more!
A mouthpiece is sound and feel. – Jody Espina
You can watch this interview on YouTube HERE