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Cool Jazz on a Hot Night!

Monologue on the The Jost Project Band
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The Jost Project Band on Stage
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The first in the Summer Series in the Park will open featuring The Jost Project.  This is the start of a series of Jazz in the Park happening tomorrow, Thursday, July 5th at Riverside Gardens overlooking the Navesink River in Red Bank.  The music begins at 7:00pm and goes till 8:30pm.

According to their website, making up the jazz collective initially was formed by Paul Jost (vocals, harmonica), Tony Miceli (vibraphones) and Kevin MacConnell (acoustic bass) 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.

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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.  

The ever-expanding repertoire of The Jōst Project include rock/pop classics as “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida” (Iron Butterfly), “What a Day For a Day Dream” (John Sebastian; Loving Spoonful); “Sunshine Superman” (Donovan); “Walk This Way” (Aerosmith); “Tennessee Waltz” (Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King); “Come Together” and “And I Love Her” (The Beatles); “Kashmir” (Led Zepellin); “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” (Simon and Garfunkel); “Maybe I’m Amazed” (Paul McCartney); and “Can’t Find My Way Home” (Blind Faith).

Watch the attached video with a monologue and the background music of  “Can’t Find My Way Home”, and you’ll get a taste of the unique sound of The Jōst Project and their exceptional artistry, originality and imagination.  The group, while based in the Philadelphia area, is available for bookings both nationally and internationally.

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