Paul Jost is a rare talent – an eclectic artist with great skill as a vocalist, drummer, composer and arranger in genres that range from jazz to country and more. Over the years, his musical talents extended to guitar and harmonica, but it’s his voice that truly makes him a standout. His vocals are so soulful that music critic Buster Maxwell wrote ... “he nearly single-handedly reclaims the male voice as a valid and critically important jazz instrument.” Michael Barbiero, producer/engineer/songwriter, who has worked on projects for such legends as John Lennon, Whitney Houston and Metallica, thinks that Paul Jost brings vocal styling to a new level. “Once in a great while an artist comes along whose talent and vision allow all that we knew to be viewed through a new facet. Paul is such an artist."
Paul is involved in many exciting projects including the release of two recordings with Dot Time Records in a one-year period. His first solo CD is appropriately titled Breaking Through because he, literally, breaks through traditional boundaries and conventions in each song on the album. His arrangements are being applauded as much as his voice. While the majority of songs are jazz standards, there is nothing standard about them. Included is his original “Book Faded Brown,” a song he is honored to have had recorded by The Band, Rick Danko and Carl Perkins.
In August, 2013, the album Can’t Find My Way Home was released by Dot Time Records, performed by The Jōst Project, the band launched by vibraphonist Tony Miceli and including bassist Kevin MacConnell, drummer Charlie Patierno and Paul as vocalist/harmonicist/arranger, They present classic rock in a jazz format with goal of building new fans for jazz by reaching into younger generations with the music they know. Johan van Deeg wrote in Jazz in Europe ... The Jost Project is without a doubt one of the most creative bands I have heard for years and vocalist Paul Jost one of the best male jazz vocalists that I have heard since Mark Murphy. The Jōst Project has performed in Korea and in the United States, specifically at Iridium, the jazz club in New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, World Café Live and Chris’ Jazz Café and many other venues.
Paul is involved in many other music collaborations in performances and recordings. He sings in The Diane Monroe Sextet, “What is This Thing Called Freedom” featuring violinist Diane Monroe. In the past few years, Paul has recorded three separate duo projects. One with bassist Tim Lekan – Side by Side (Independent), a second with flutist Mark Adler, Silver Whispers (Arabesque,) and a third (to be released late in 2014), Where We Meet with pianist, Frank Strauss. Paul is both singer and arranger in the jazz ensembles Antfarm Quartet featuring pianist Jim Ridl, Tim Lekan and drummer Bob Shomo. His recently released work includes CD’s with: Antfarm Quartet – Dialogues Pt. 2 and Live @ The Colony Theater, (Dreambox Media); Andy Lalasis – Fret Not (Independent), Carolyn Nelson - Come a Little Closer (Independent) and as drummer for Susan Goodman’s – Central Park West and vocalist on her, Live Out Loud (Soozaroo Music). He is guest lecturer and teacher at several colleges and universities including University of the Arts in Philadelphia and West Chester University in Chester County, Pennsylvania.
Paul is a prolific composer, writing over 40 CD’s, including the highly acclaimed song Book Faded Brown, that has been recorded by The Band, Carl Perkins and Rick Danko. His compositions for major music libraries are heard daily in over 750 markets throughout the United States, and, he has composed for Canon Pictures and NBC-TV's Emmy Award-winning series "Special Treat". He is also a four category Billboard Song Contest Winner. Throughout his career Paul has been heard on national jingles for major companies. He has done vocals, drumming or played harmonica for Johnson & Johnson, American Airlines, Nissan, Anheuser Busch, Miller Beer, Subway and Dow Chemical.
Paul was proud to be selected by Rowan University as their featured artist in a televised half hour program which showcased four of Paul’s songs and interviews. This particular episode went on to win the CAPE Award, (Cable Award for Programming Excellence). In addition, Paul played drums in the Off-Broadway production of Andy Warhol's "Man On The Moon" featuring John Phillips (Mamas and the Papas),
Born and raised in Southern New Jersey, Paul still resides in the area and is proud to have served as musical director at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City. He also served as music director for singer Morgana King. The list of artists he has performed or recorded with is extensive including Billy Eckstine, Mark Murphy, George Mesterhazy, Ann Hampton Calloway, Sylvia Simms, Bobby Scott, Sivuca, Dr. John, Bucky Pizzarelli, Teo Macero, Joe Farrell, Ron Carter, Bobby Tucker, Pee Wee Ellis, John Phillips, Mike Abene and many more. He is honored as well to have worked in collaboration with songwriter/producer Jim Tullio throughout his career.
When looking back at his childhood, he says, “Music spoke to my heart the instant I was exposed to it, and each experience has added to a continuing dialogue that becomes more beautiful and more meaningful in my life.” He learned to play piano at age six and quickly turned his talent to the drums. When he was 12, he started playing professionally, earning respect in the music community. After graduating Vineland High School where he was voted “best musician”, he studied at the famed Berklee College of Music in Boston. He has performed all over the country, living for a while in New York and Chicago, but chose to make his home in New Jersey where he lives with his wife, Valerie. They are the proud parents of Daniel Jost, a highly respected musician/vocalist, and Juliana Jost, a high school art teacher and granddaughter, Olivia Grace.
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