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"Jazz duo JT Project started at William Paterson University"

Down in the catacombs of William Paterson University's music department one afternoon in 2007, Jacob Webb, a freshman jazz major from Kansas, heard a voice that drew him in like a siren song.

He followed the melody as it grew louder down the maze-like hallway of practice rooms.

"It was the most beautiful sound I heard in a long time," said Webb, 21. "I thought, 'Where is this sound coming from?' "

While it's usually considered bad form to interrupt a musician practicing, Webb entered the room where then-sophomore Todd Schefflin, 22, was playing a Cannonball Adderley tune on his alto saxophone.

"It was a beautiful moment. We officially met," said Webb, who plays the bass and piano.

From that day on, the two musicians have been friends and performing partners, booking gigs together as "The JT Project." Last summer they hit the studio to self-release their first album, "Love, Passion, Correspondence," a contemporary jazz LP with hip-hop and R&B influences.

Common bonds

On the surface the pair couldn't be more opposite. Schefflin, with tight-blond curls, was a former lacrosse player turned alto-sax enthusiast. He grew up in a Jewish family in Cherry Hill. Webb comes from a small town in Kansas, where his first gigs were playing on Sundays in his Baptist church.

But listen to these young artists talk about why they create music, and they sound like twins separated at birth.

"Our beliefs are very similar about the world around us," said Schefflin on a recent afternoon. "Music is an emotional release. We both feel that life is not about music. Music is about life. … The only way to truly say something through music is to experience life."

Webb, seated nearby, added, "Through our music there is a story. The story is life."

When the duo performs, their connection is palpable.

"The audience can see them going back and forth, playing off each other," said Chris Pattishall, a pianist and graduate student at William Paterson who has performed with the group. "You can see them smiling back and forth, and they sometimes actually get up and jump back and forth as the intensity of the music builds."

It's not uncommon for jazz students to collaborate on projects, added Pattishall, but Schefflin and Webb's singular devotion to their band is quite unique.

"The JT Project has invested a level of energy into a whole package to promote and present a band identity, which I haven't seen other people doing," he said.

A team effort

All but one of the 11 tracks on their debut album were composed by Webb, who creates songs out of the raw material of his experiences. "Leavin Home" is a bittersweet but hopeful melody about the first time he left his hometown of Newton, Kan. "Louisa" chronicles an intense two-day friendship with a young woman he met on campus. Alternating between fast and slow sections, the song captures the empathy he felt for this woman, who revealed her deepest insecurities to him.

But if Webb is the lead writer, Schefflin is the album's narrator. Throughout the tracks, his smooth and confident alto saxophone grips listeners. "With any music there needs to be a communicator. We want to show you can transcend vocals, that you can communicate to people without any lyrics," said Schefflin. "There's something about my sound that compelled him to talk to me on that first day … that I can connect vocally with an audience." - SACHI FUJIMORI, Staff Writer of The Record

"JT Project seek to bridge the Gap for Young Jazz Fans"

The JT Project combine jazz improvisation with a wide array of contemporary rhythms to bring jazz tradition to a new generationof listeners. The JT Project is made up of young musicians, Todd Schefflin on alto sax and Jacob Webb on keys and bass. I first met this dynamic duo threeyears ago during jam sessions among students in the catacombs ofWilliam Paterson's Shea music building. I was immediately struck by thematurity with which both of these young musicians played. They have already self-released an album, "Love Passion Correspondence," that I can best describe as hip-hop-soul-jazz. I've watched these guys grow over the years and I am impressed by this new offering. They are definitely making some noise with a recent YouTube video of their cover of the Lady Antebellum song, "Need You Now," which was noticed and tweeted by the band to their fans.

The JT Project are worthy of your ears. - B.J. Jansen, Contributing Writer to


Debut Single Releases: Just Bounce and Louisa

Debut Album Release: Love Passion Correspondence.



Imagine listening to the soulful sounds of a glistening saxophone, and with every note that is played you hear a word being spoken. With each word the saxophone speaks, a story come comes to life. That story is like an emotional roller-coaster ride that triggers one emotion after the other and by the end of it all, you don’t even know where you are anymore. The best part about all of this… not one word was spoken.

Well, imagine no further because The JT Project brings this fantasy to life.

“The JT Project” has been called a link between the young hip-hop generation and the classic genre we call jazz. “The JT Project” is a collaboration between 20-year-old Jacob Webb and 21-year-old Todd Schefflin. The duo met in school and began working together two years ago picking up gigs wherever possible. It mushroomed in 2009, when Jacob and Todd headed into the studio with dreams of their collaboration creating a 21st century Jazz/R&B/Hip Hop unique mix. That “mix” can be heard throughout Love Passion Correspondence.

The band members of “The JT Project” have over 30 years of musical experience combined. They have played with some of the most established artist in Jazz, R&B, and Hip/hop including: Kenny Garrett, Mulgrew Miller, and Cheryl Pepsi Riley. Todd Schefflin has even performed in a private event for President Bill Clinton.

Some of “The JT Project’s” main influences include: Jill Scott, David Sanborn, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, and Maceo Parker.

Jacob and Todd firmly believe in making their music “accessible” and with that in mind, they turned to iTunes, which has released Love Passion Correspondence worldwide. This collaboration is not “jazz snobbery” but instead it is their banded musical influences looking to merge with the audiences of today.

“The JT Project” believes that music represents a therapeutic source for the soul. Music is a dialogue between the musician and the listener. Not a Monologue. “The JT Project” strives for an intense emotional connection with their audience every time they perform.