Charles Pillow on the JodyJazz ESP Alto
"On alto, I play the ESP Alto Gold #7. It has great pitch, quick response and really even tone in all the registers, and seem to "fix" some of the bad notes on my horns. It doesn't play me, the way some other mouthpieces do and for the first time, I feel like I can put more of my personality into the sound and not fight the nature of the mouthpiece. They have really changed the way I play my instruments. Thanks for the great mouthpiece!"
Charles Pillow on the JodyJazz Classic Clarinet Mouthpieces
"Thanks so much for the classic clarinet mouthpiece, Jody.
The response is immediate, the tone is clean and clear. The projection is great, but it still has a dark and woody tone..... Very earthy sounding . The pitch is impeccable, too.I love it"
Charles Pillow on the JodyJazz DV Soprano Mouthpieces
"Jody, thanks for the DV soprano mouthpiece The clarity is fantastic. I really love the focus that it brings to my sound. It even makes the "dull" notes on my horn sound more lively and pop. It's changed the way I play the horn. It makes the whole range of the horn feel fluid.
So now I've got a JodyJazz mouthpiece for my clarinet, soprano, alto and tenor saxes!
Charles Pillow Biography
Originally from Roanoke, Virginia, He grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. During college at Loyola University in New Orleans, he began his career working the Al Hirt Big Band. Moving to Rochester, New York, he attended the Eastman School of Music and received his mastes' degree. From there, he moved to New York and spent a year with Woody Hermans' Thundering Young Herd. Since then his career has taken him around the globe including Japan, Finland, Portugal, Brazil, Germany,France, Holland, Italy, Sweden, Canada and all over the U.S. He has appeared on over 75 CD's including those of Michael Brecker, Frank Sinatra, Luther Vandross, Joe Henderson, Bob Mintzer, Bob Belden, Maria Schneider, John Fedchock, Maria Carey, Queen Latifah, John Scofield and Chaka Khan.
He has worked with legendary producers Phil Ramone and Arif Mardin and performed with ChristineAguilera, Marc Anthonly, Winona Judd, Blood, Sweat, and Tears and Michael Jackson, Randy Brecker, David Liebman, Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, The Long Island Philharmonic, and The New Orleans Symphony.
In additon to his saxophone, flute and clarinet playing, he has distinguished himself as one of the premier jazz oboists with his recordings, "Currents", "In this World", and his latest release on Artistshare.com, "Pictures at an Exhibition".
His two books, "Woodwind Doubling: the saxophonist guide to playing flute, clarinet and oboe" and, "Jazz Playing for Oboe Music Minus One" are also available through Artistshare.com as well as a series of etudes for junior high and high school students called, "Jazz Etudes on the Great Jazz Standards" for alto and tenor saxophone.
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