Paul Jost is an eclectic artist with great skill as a drummer, vocalist, arranger and composer 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.” Peter McLaren in Jazz in Europe wrote Paul is … “is a force to be reckoned with and an artist that deserves to be seen on all great festival stages worldwide”. 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 has been performing worldwide with recent tours in South Korea, Ireland and at JazzAhead, the international jazz expo and conference, in Bremen, Germany. Back home he performs regularly at the famed New York jazz club, 55 Bar. A highly respected arranger as well, in 2015 Paul was commissioned by Producer Michael Kline to re-imagine Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” album and headline with that project at Exit Zero International Jazz Festival in Cape May, NJ. Paul collaborated with Barry Miles on the arrangements and assembled a band of great artists and friends that include Jim Ridl-piano, John Swana-E.V.I., Chico Huff-bass, Anwar Marshall-drums, and vibraphonist Tony Miceli. After the concert Kline said, “Paul needs to do this on stages everywhere. It was amazing!” WXPN-FM’s general manager Roger LaMay became an immediate fan. “Paul is terrific,” he said. “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.” He has taken the concert to New York and has upcoming dates in Philadelphia and Delaware.