About this project
My name is Paul Jost, I am a Philly based vocalist and together with my band members (Tony Miceli & Kevin MacConnell) we have created this Kickstarter campaign to ask you to join us and be part of our new CD project “Can't find my way home”.
The CD has been recorded, but we need your help to finish the job and bring this CD out and help us reach the greatest potential audience possible.
About “The Jost Project”
We’re a band devoted to jazz and hope to reach a generation of rock fans in a style that will introduce them and pull them into our world. What’s our goal? To create a whole new connection between the music of the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Donovan, Simon and Garfunkel, the Beach Boys, and jazz. We love it when fans of such songs as “Walk This Way” hear it in a new way and love what we have done with it.
The band consists of Paul Jost (vocals, harmonica), Tony Miceli (vibraphone) and Kevin MacConnell (acoustic bass). The band was initially formed by Tony and Kevin, with the purpose of performing the rock music they grew up with in a jazz format. Tony said recently “When I heard Paul sing I felt such a strong musical connection that we invited him to be part of the group. Because of Paul’s strong musical influence and arranging talent, both Kevin and I were convinced the group should have Paul’s name. That’s when we became The Jost Project.”
You can find out more about who we are and our backgrounds on our website www.thejostproject.com or in the FAQ's section
About the CD
Standards from the Great American Songbook and the mainstream jazz repertoire have long held sway in jazz performances. But the so-called “baby boomers” and subsequent generations came of age with rock and roll, the Beatles, hard rock, and other genres which are rarely played by jazz groups. While the harmonies are not necessarily in line with more recognizable jazz progressions, such music provides a great vehicle for improvisation and hopefully will appeal to a wider audience than the pure jazz fans.
On the CD you will find our take on such classics as “Sunshine Superman” (Donovan); “Walk This Way” (Aerosmith); “Kashmir” (Led Zepellin); “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” (Simon and Garfunkel); “Maybe I’m Amazed” (Paul McCartney); “Can’t Find My Way Home” (Steve Winwood - Blind Faith); “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (Iron Butterfly) and “We Can Work It Out” (Lennon & McCartney).
Listen here to some of the tracks that will be on the CD here.
OK, THE CD IS RECORDED, What Now?
Well the CD has been recorded and we have the master. What we need now is to get The artwork done, have the CD pressed and then get our music out into the market. Our goal is to reach the greatest potential audience possible. To do this we need distribution so the CD will be available everywhere and we need a team of professionals that will work with us to promote it in the media. The great news is we now have this lined up. The only thing missing is the funds to pay for this.
THIS IS WHERE WE NEED YOUR HELP.
This is what we plan to do with the money we raise:
1. Have the cover art designed and the CD pressed.
2.Have a professional video clip done. These days this is more important than ever.
3. Once the CD is done we will be working with professionals to assist us with the marketing and promotion to radio and other media channels.
4. To allow us to develop material for an educational program for college students.
We have included more detail about our plans in the FAQ section.
Also if you would like to receive a copy of the full budget for the project please get in touch with us and we’ll be happy to send it to you.
So, thanks for staying with us this far and please take a few minutes to watch our Kickstarter video and review the rewards we are offering in exchange for your support.
Every little bit counts and no amounts will be taken for granted. If you have any questions, suggestions, ideas or any other feedback, please contact us. We would love to hear from you.
Thanks in anticipation for your support.
Paul, Tony and Kevin
PS If you like this project you can help us by telling your friends!
A Behind-the-Scenes Story …
Above you can see our mock-up for the CD cover. We have chosen this photo for a good reason. First of all it really suits the CD title “Can't find my way home” however the real reason is the photographer, Roza Zah and his story.
If you would like to know more about this click here. We believe his story will move you as much as it did with the three of us.
Some of our rewards
Risks and challenges
We have done everything we can to reduce any potential risk inherent with this type of project. We are all seasoned professional musicians and know all too well that for a project to be successful you need to surround yourself with professionals with the correct skills and network that can move your project forward.
For this project we have great partners lined up to get behind the project including, among others, Jo Bickhardt (president of Dot Time Records) for the distribution, Sharla Feldscher (SFPR Music) and Neal Sapper (president New World 'n' Jazz) for the marketing and promotion, MFM Media for the cover design and video clip. We already have agreements with our partners regarding costs if the project goes ahead and don't expect any surprises. To be completely transparent we have a fully worked out budget that we can send this to you on request.
The only real risk is that we will not hit our target, however we are confident that enough people will get behind this project and help us achieve our goals.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Kickstarter allows you to contribute to our project, and in return, you will have our sincere gratitude and some special edition rewards listed on the right side of this page. Choose a pledge level and you will be guided through the Amazon Checkout. Any gift you make is a step forward for the project!
THIS IS ALL OR NOTHING. IF WE DO NOT MEET OUR TOTAL GOAL BY 19 MAY PROJECT WILL NOT BE FUNDED AND YOU PLEDGE WILL NOT BE DEDUCTED FROM YOUR ACCOUNT
If successful, the money we raise will be used to have the artwork done and the CD manufacturedWe will also have a professional video clip done. All the experts say that everything you put into the public domain should be the same quality that you want to achieve on stage and in the studio, A cheap video done at a gig with a iPhone just doesn't cut it.
CD's just don't promote themselves, This is a fact that many indie artists discover far too late. To reach a wide audience you need to have the media get behind you. This includes radio, print, online and social media. While this sounds easy, for three musicians to do this on their own and get media attention is almost impossible. We believe in this project so much and know that if we can reach enough people they will also love it as much as we do. To achieve this we plan to engage a great team of professionals with years of experience promoting similarprojects. The thing is there are costs associated with this, and we just don't have the money lying around to pay for it.
If we are successful with this Kickstarter campaign we intend to engage the following professionals to allow us to get the media attention the project deserves.
1. Neal Sapper (president New World 'n' Jazz) to run a radio campaign throughout the USA focusing on terrestrial, cable and internet based radio.
2. Sharla Feldscher (President of SFPR Music) to handel the USA media out-reach with the focus on the traditional print media and TV.
3. Jan Fritz (Director Jazz Media & More – Berlin) to take care of the European media.
In addition to the above we want to present a series of workshops for college music students to let them see first hand that jazz is not just a bunch of old guys playing rehashed American Songbook standards.
For a full costing of this please contact us and we will send you a copy of the budget.
APPROX 8% OF THE FUNDS RAISED IN A SUCCESFUL CAMPAIGN ARE DEDUCTED FOR KICKSTARTER FEES & AMAZON CREDITCARD PROCESSING. HAVE YOU ACCOUNTED FOR THIS IN THE BUDGET?
Yes, we have accounted for all costs in the budget. If you wish to receive a copy of the budget please contact us and we will send this to you.
Yes, New York based jazz label “Dot Time Records” (http://www.dottimerecords.com/) will take care of the distribution worldwide and ensure the the CD will be available in stores, on-line web-shops and more than 250 legal download sites including iTunesand Amazon.
“Paul nearly single-handedly reclaims the male voice as a valid and critically important jazz instrument.” Buster Maxwell, music critic
Paul is a rare talent – an eclectic artist with great skill as a vocalist, drummer, composer and arranger. He is a prolific composer, writing over 40 CD’s, including the highly acclaimed song http://theband.hiof.no/articles/viney_review_jubilation.html, 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". Paul is proud to have served as musical director at the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City as well as for 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. Paul’s recent work includes CD’s with Antfarm Quartet – Dialogues Pt. 2 and Live @ The Colony Theater, (Dreambox Media); Tim Lekan & Paul Jost – Side by Side (Independent),Marc Adler and Paul Jost – Silver Whispers (Arabesque),Andy Lalasis – Fret Not (Independent).
“I love making music with Kevin. His time and pitch are impeccable, and he can read anything.” Peter Nero, Grammy Award winning pianist
Bassist Kevin MacConnell’s impressive career has taken him from playing with orchestras on concert stages to Broadway shows, from numerous recording studios to the sets of television shows, from jazz festivals to great clubs. He has performed with such jazz legends as Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson, Billy Eckstine, Joe Williams and tenor saxophonist, Ernie Watts and made national and international television appearances/performances with Diahann Carroll, Marilyn McCoo, Merv Griffin, Natalie Cole and opera diva, Denyce Graves. Highly respected on the jazz scene, Kevin performed recently with John Blake and Jimmy Bruno and continues to tour the country with a Philadelphia based classical/blue grass ensemble "The DePue Brothers Band.", which features two members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as blue grass legends, Mark Cosgrove and Tony Trischka. Recent recording credits include Profile, Larry McKenna; Earth Tones', Power of Ten; 'Unencumbered', Mark Cosgrove and Director of the Ira Brind School of Theater Arts, Charles Gilbert's prerecorded productions, "Harold and the Purple Crayon" and "Sylvester and the Magic Pebble".
“Tony Miceli is a vibraphonist of astonishing virtuosity, musical resilience, and inventiveness.” – Vic Schermer, All About Jazz
Tony Miceli is a legendary vibraphone player who has been performing in the United States and Europe through much of his career. He has played in countless jazz and percussion festivals, concert stages, jazz clubs and colleges with numerous artists including Dave Liebman, Ken Peplowski, John Blake, John Swana, Joe Magnarelli, Steve Slagle and others. A resident of Philadelphia, recordings include a self-titled compilation CD, Looking East with the Philly 5; On a Sweet Note with Gerald Veasley and the Electric Mingus Project; Band Shapes with French pianist Olivier Hutman; Monkadelphia; Music From the Inside Out, a companion CD for the documentary showcasing the Philadelphia Orchestra, Concord Jazz recording artist and guitarist Jimmy Bruno; excerpt this! with Adam Unsworth, French hornist with The Philadelphia Orchestra; and, Thelonius 4 Meets Tony Miceli. Tony conducts master classes at the world-renowned Curtis Institute of Music and gives private instruction. He is on the faculty at University of the Arts and Temple University. In addition Tony runs a website http://www.vibesworkshop.com/ which is an online school of music for the vibraphone and boasts over 3000 members. He serves as a consultant to music and arts organizations.
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