The Jost Project
Paul Jost (vocals, harmonica), Tony Miceli (vibraphones) and Kevin MacConnell (acoustic bass) make up the jazz collective initially formed by Tony and Kevin, with the purpose of performing the rock music they grew up with in a jazz format. The seeds of this idea were planted in Tony’s 2005 recording “Hippie Jazz”. When Tony heard Paul, a multi-talented musician as well as vocalist, he felt such a strong musical connection that he invited him to be part of the group. Because of Paul’s strong musical influence and arranging talent, Tony and Kevin were convinced the group should have Paul’s name and they became The Jōst Project.
The combination fit and The Jōst Project grew in popularity. Tony’s vibraphone stirs echoes of the famed Modern Jazz Quartet with Milt Jackson. Kevin’s lyrical playing is an essential element and Jost invokes blues, mainstream, and scat stylings in his unique introspective way bringing out the emotions contained in the songs. It’s immediately evident that these skilled artists each bring their distinctive experience and approach to this blended collective.
What the press are saying
”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.” – Johan van Deeg, Jazz In Europe
“Jost is truly an exceptional singer, instrumentalist and arranger …He masters every thinkable nuance of the singer’s palette, from lightning-fast scatting to smoky, blues phrasings and elegant crooning.” – Jakob Baekgaard, All About Jazz
“Their jazz arrangements of tunes are so inventive and fresh, and it’s exciting to watch these veteran players. Paul’s voice is amazingly nimble, so soulful and haunting…simply divine!” – Laura Munich, Main Line Jazz Festival producer
“You nailed it totally. This has me positively speechless.” – Michael Barbiero, record producer/engineer