“We are proud to have so many great Artists saxophone players playing our mouthpieces”, said Jody Espina, founder and President of JodyJazz Inc. “These are fine musicians and truly exceptional people and I’d like to acknowledge some of their activities and success”.
Andy Snitzer released his seventh album “Traveler” in 2011 but it continued to appear on the Billboard Jazz charts throughout 2012. Andy not only played saxophone but also contributes synthesizer, electric piano, and rhythm programming, the recording received universal acclaim from critics and fans alike. A mainstay of Paul Simon’s touring band for several years now, 2013 is shaping up to be another busy year for Andy with an extensive tour of Asia planned for the spring.
Caleb Chapman continues to oversee the development of Utah’s most talented young musicians in 11 elite ensembles, including the Crescent Super Band, frequently hailed as one of the best youth big bands in the world. 2012 was another incredibly successful year with the Crescent Super Band being honored for the 2nd time with the highly prestigious Best of State Statue (BOSS) Award recognizing the program as the top organization in Utah Arts and Entertainment. In addition Caleb himself also personally won the Utah Best of State medal for “Best Music Educator”. Also in 2012 Caleb’s students were honored with 7 DownBeat Awards. 2013 promises to be no less exciting with the Crescent Super Band scheduled to headline their first show at Carnegie Hall in May.
2012 has been another busy year for two-time Latin Grammy nominee, Dr. Ed Calle. Calle serves as ‘Chairperson of Arts & Philosophy’ at Miami Dade College where he continues to lead a transformation in music teaching methods. In addition to his teaching and administration duties, Calle has been composing and arranging music with a variety of artists including the Fuego Caliente Latin Jazz Orchestra and the Miami Saxophone Quartet. He is also finishing a jazz theory book and writing, arranging and producing his own 8th solo album.
New York based saxophonist Keith Loftis spent 2012 traversing the globe performing on several continents including the Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada, the 18th Big Apple Festival in Japan, the Suriname Jazz Festival in South America with Abdullah Ibrahim in Johannesburg South Africa. Keith is starting off 2013 a little closer to home performing at the The Carlyle Hotel in New York City throughout January.
And finally, ‘congratulations’ are in order to Jason Marshall, John Raskin and Claire Daly all of whom were recognized in the Downbeat Magazine 60th Annual Critics Poll. Daly placed for Baritone Sax and Marshall and Raskin both placed for Baritone Sax in the ‘Rising Star’ category.