Testimonials About Paul Jost

David Kim – Concertmaster, The Philadelphia Orchestra

  • Performing with Paul Jost is a thrill. He is an artist of the highest order and I look forward to many more collaborations.

 

Charlie Calello – Award-winning arranger/producer

  • Paul is brilliant. He’s the real deal.
  • Paul sings with his face, his hands, his body movements – that’s how you know he’s the real thing. I’m a really tough critic and he knocks me out.
  • Charlie was one of the original arrangers of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” Album. After hearing Paul sing Jungleland, arranged by Barry Miles, Charlie said, “This arrangement of Jungleland is better than mine.”

Mick Boskamp, Dutch Music Journalist, former Editor Playboy/Holland

  • Not only does Paul sing with his heart, body & soul, but also with his spirit. He is the only four-dimensional singer I know.

 

David O’Rourke, Guitarist, Arranger, Composer, Conductor

  • Paul’s amazing vocal toolbox is so formidable that we can be forgiven for not initially noticing arguably his greatest gift – telling a song’s story. Like a great character actor he becomes that song’s character – he assumes the heartbroken or joyful and playful role and takes we the listeners on that journey with him! It has been my pleasure to witness this from the stage with him and look forward to many more collaborations.

Suzanne Lorge, VoxNews columnist, The New York City Jazz Record

  • Paul Jost gave a stand-out performance at Kitano. He is a singer’s singer—swinging and scatting on tunes like “Singing in the Rain,” breaking hearts on ballads like “Waltz For Debby” or grooving on R&B classics like “I Don’t Need No Doctor.” You can see him the last Wednesday of the month at 55 Bar.

Jo Bickhardt, Owner, Dot Time Records

  • I am blessed to have heard such a voice in my life. Thank you for your words, your emotion, passion and interpretation. Those who have the honor to hear you are so truly blessed. You are a gift!

John Daly, Director, Limerick Jazz Festival, Ireland 

  • Paul Jost is the consummate professional, an incredibly talented musician with a special voice who has that rare gift of captivating his audience whenever he performs.

Limerick Post, Ireland

  • Paul Jost is a jazz singer of phenomenal talent.

NJArts.net – Jay Lustig – After Paul’s NY debut at 55 Bar of Springsteen Reimagined

  • “a daring, dazzling salute to ‘Born to Run’”
  • He makes this piece feel both very familiar and very new.
  • … Emphasized the streetwise romanticism in Springsteen’s lyrics, and added a kind of earthy, beatnik-inspired flavor that reminded me of Tom Waits and early Rickie Lee Jones. … a retro element to Jost’s interpretation
  • This piece felt very cohesive, with waves of tension and release that recalled the flow of the album that inspired it

Roger LaMay, General Manager, WXPN at Exit Zero Jazz Festival “Springsteen Reimagined”:

  • “Paul is terrific. It’s fascinating to see these iconic songs reimagined through a jazz lens. It forces you to hear the music and lyrics in a different light.

Michael Kline, Producer, Exit Zero Jazz Festival

In a concert performance celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Springsteen’s epic, Exit Zero Jazz Festival has commissioned vocalist, drummer, composer and arranger PAUL JOST, himself a native of the Garden State, to reimagine in a jazz context the music of Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run. “When we began to think about the Springsteen project and its obvious connections to New Jersey, and how best to make clear the not so obvious connection Born to Run has to the jazz world, we began to think about an artist who could take the ideas and make it work for a festival audience. It took us about a half of a second before we settled on Paul Jost.”

After the concert, Kline said, “It was amazing. Paul needs to do this on stages everywhere!”

Steve Jankowski – Trumpet and Musical Director for Blood, Sweat and Tears

  • At a recent benefit concert, I was immediately drawn to Paul’s soulful voice. He was a stand out! I was captivated by his charisma and unique vocal style.

Jazz in Europe and All About Jazz – Peter McLaren

  • A creative force that deserves to be added to the list of great male jazz vocalists of all time.
  • With “Breaking Through”, Paul Jost has shown that he is a force to be reckoned with and an artist that deserves to be seen on all great festival stages worldwide. This album is one of the best jazz CD’s I’ve had the pleasure of listening to so far this year, highly recommended.

 

Uli Beckerhoff, Artistic Director Jazzahead! in Europe

  • Paul Jost is a vocal monster!

Philadelphia Inquirer – A.D. Amorosi

  • Jost on his new solo CD Breaking Through … conjures angels, and scats like mad, making jazz classics briskly new. “Days of Wine and Roses” and “Sweet Lorraine” come alive.
  • Jost’s self-penned tunes such as “Book Faded Brown” – are deliciously rhythmic and confidently original.

Michael Krajewski – Music Director, The Philly POPS, Principal POPS Conductor: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra

  • Paul Jost is incredible – an amazing singer!

Julie Gold, Grammy-Award winning composer “From a Distance”

  • Paul Jost, you were fantastic and I loved every magical moment. Truly. That band was spectacular.

Jazz in Europe – Johan van Deeg

  • Vocalist Paul Jost is one of the best male jazz vocalists since Mark Murphy.

Jazz Weekly – George Helmes

  • Paul Jost has a voice that has Elling’s elasticity with a dash of Broadway clarity. When’s this guy coming to the West Coast?!?

All About Jazz — Michael Bailey

  • Breaking Throughis a solid statement by an equally solid artist deserving more attention.
  • Paul Jost, in a joyous and rollicking “Singing in the Rain”, takes Bennett’s ebullient and robust delivery and turns it on its ear. And then he scats… doubletime

 

55 Bar, West Village, New York City

  • Paul is magic. Paul and the band killed it! … Everyone was so focused and I never heard it so quiet before.

Jack Goodstein — Blogcritics.Org, Seattlepi.Com

  • If the measure of a jazz singer is the ability to use his vocal instrument the way a saxophonist or a trumpeter uses his instrument, Jost belongs at the head of the class.

 

All About Jazz in Europe by Jakob Baekgaard

  • 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.

Buster Maxwell, Music Journalist

  • One of his generation’s best jazz singers – Swinging breezily, scatting with ease and authority, and softly seducing the listener with a catchy combination of the crystalline soulfulness of Sting and the fearless inventiveness of Mark Murphy, you’ll soon realize what a remarkable accomplishment it is for an original jazz vocalist today to be both accessible and deep.

 

Bob Craig, Voices in Jazz, WRTI 

  • The adventurous Paul Jost … There is no project he wouldn’t undertake and he does it quite well and intriguing, too. Paul has never taken the pedestrian approach to his singing.

Gloria Krolak, Jersey Jazz Journal

  • Jost has the ability to dig out the roots of each tune and plant them in our path, impossible to sidestep.
  • There is not a word that does not sound real or felt, even in standards which we’re in danger of not really hearing. 
  • Jost distinguishes himself as an American original.

 William Stine, Turntable for One – Public Radio Exchange (PRX)

  • Paul Jost has raw passion and vocal musicianship. His arrangements defy the expected, his scatting is effortless, not tedious, and his energy would challenge any accompanying musicians, but his band is up to the challenge.

Jonathan Takiff, Philadelphia Daily News – Philly.com

  • Paul Jost brings lustrous vocal tone, with hip interpretive phrasing

 Oscar Groome – O’s Place Jazz Magazine

  • Paul pleads, scats and sings with a great deal of exuberance.

John Barron – “All About Jazz” (N.Y.)

  • Jost is a sigh of relief. He possesses an abundance of convincing vocal qualities, most notably his ability to deliver fresh, uncontrived readings.

 

Marissa Dodge – www.jazz.com

  • Paul Jost is a genuine vocal musician … With a smoky, tannin-tinged voice, and the soul of an improviser, he brings bouquet and finesse to this hip, blues-fringed arrangement.

Main Line Jazz Festival producer, Laura Munich

  • Paul’s voice is amazingly nimble, so soulful and haunting…simply divine!

Bobby Tucker, pianist for Billie Holiday and Billy Eckstine

  • As I reflect on what was most important, working with you was one of my highlights.

Jim Tullio, Award-winning composer/producer

  • Paul is the real deal in a world of imposters. No matter what avenue or angle his music takes, it always feel like home … I’m talking natural baby.

 

Michael Barbiero, producer/engineer for John Lennon, Whitney Houston, Metallica, The Allman Brothers, Guns N’ Roses

  • Paul Jost is a dynamic, creative force and continues to be an inspiration. The balance he strikes on his scatting and vocal gymnastics is always tasteful and never overbearing.

 

Jonathan Takiff, Philadelphia Daily News – Philly.com

 

  • Paul Jost brings lustrous vocal tone, with hip interpretive phrasing

 

 

  1. Oscar Groome – O’s Place Jazz Magazine

 

  • Paul pleads, scats and sings with a great deal of exuberance.

John Barron – “All About Jazz” (N.Y.)

  • Jost is a sigh of relief. He possesses an abundance of convincing vocal qualities, most notably his ability to deliver fresh, uncontrived readings.

 

Marissa Dodge – www.jazz.com

  • Paul Jost is a genuine vocal musician … With a smoky, tannin-tinged voice, and the soul of an improviser, he brings bouquet and finesse to this hip, blues-fringed arrangement.

 

Main Line Jazz Festival producer, Laura Munich

  • Paul’s voice is amazingly nimble, so soulful and haunting…simply divine!

 

Music Journalist – Esther Berlanga-Ryan

  • There are no lies in his soul, no half-kept promises, no Sunday mornings without a warm cup of tea.
  • Paul Jost is the very essence of Vocal Jazz today. Breaking Through is already one of the best Jazz albums of the year. An album filled with beauty and perfection.

 

Phyllis Chapell

  • I am not one for superlatives, especially when it comes to singers, because I am one and I’m very
    critical. Okay, so here goes … Paul Jost is the best male jazz vocalist in the world.

 Lea Nardone

  • This collection of songs is a masterpiece. I don’t believe that there is a singer alive today who can impart so much emotion and meaning into the words of songs we’ve all heard many times before.