JodyJazz Story - What makes JodyJazz Special? Cool Stuff Innovative state of the art design and production, 3D modeling, CNC Multi Axis Machines, Craftsman detailed hand work. The Right Stuff Quality Control that only passes mouthpieces that look great, measure great and most importantly play great. That's why we have a 7-point inspection test that every mouthpiece must pass before it is approved including the magnified look test, measure test, pop test, and the all important play test. Jody Espina In 1999 Professional NYC Musician/Jazz Educator Jody Espina, met legendary saxophonist and mouthpiece maker Santy Runyon. Runyon ( see Runyon's bio) was the teacher of Espina's boyhood teacher Junie Ferrell. Jody recognized the unique energy and spirit of Santy and Santy recognized Jody's spirit and thirst for knowledge. Santy customized a mouthpiece to Jody's specifications and when Jody was in love with the mouthpiece it was Santy's idea to produce it for Jody and call it the JodyJazz mouthpiece. Word of Mouth Word got out about this special mouthpiece and orders started to pour in to Jody's New York City location. Although fully occupied as a player and teacher Jody saw the potential in a real business in mouthpieces, and over the next six years travelled to Opelousas, Louisina, seven or eight times a year. During this time Espina asked Runyon if he could prototype his own metal mouthpiece in the Runyon factory. Santy graciously agreed and gave Espina cartre blanche in the Runyon factory to work out a newly designed mouthpiece. With the indispensable help of Runyon employees Leroy Guilbeau and Blaine Moran Jody developed the ESP metal mouthpiece for all saxophones.