WRITER: As a published writer on the arts, including culinary, she has written monthly columns & edited a monthly magazine. As a freelance writer she published profiles, live performance & CD reviews in The Tucson Weekly, The Desert Leaf, the Arizona Daily Star & the Phoenix New Times, covering a range of artists & groups, including Australia's Dancers of the Dreaming, Mario Bauza Band, George Duke, Fred Hersch, John Coltrane (Rhino's Boxed Set), George Duke, Fred Hersch, Paul Horn, Ramsey Lewis, Dmitri Matheny, Marion McPartland, Mark O'Conner, Lisa Otey, Mary Redhouse, Steve Reich, Pancho Sanchez, Billy Taylor & David Parsons, Joe Williams & George Shearing.

EDITOR: As Senior Web Editor for the online monthly, Across the Table, she ran regular features on restaurant trends, industry news, new products, & interviews with outstanding chefs. Her first choice was James Beard award winner, Janos Wilder, who she met while singing for a party he catered. Subsequently she often joined in performing in his summer series of live music at his beautiful Janos restaurant in Tucson. And when he was the host for the local PBS station fundraiser, KUAT Cooks, Jarrett was one of the local contributors to the event’s cookbook & they found themselves on camera together to demonstrate her recipe for Almendrado Apple Tart.

SPEAKER: As a Roads Scholars in the Speakers Bureau for the Arizona Humanities Council (AHC) Janice is requested to create talks to give statewide. Her topics rely on her extensive educational background and her experience as a performer, teacher & creative artist. (See topics & abstracts below.) Reappointed for numerous terms, she has visited a number of locations across Arizona to warm response & often return visits.

For the full abstracts of all of her presentations & more information on booking Jarrett as a speaker, workshop facilitator or performer, please visit the Contact page. Her current AHC topics are:

  • Jazz and the American Identity This talk explores how the history of jazz is a window on the American character, expressed through independence, freedom, innovation & most importantly, democracy. "The history of jazz goes back over 100 years & is intimately interwoven with a number of historical events & cultural traditions unique to America. A self-invented country, the United States broke from the European mold. Jazz, for decades the popular music of America, & by nature open, improvisatory & inherently based on individual expression, closely reflects many of the attributes associated with this upstart nation…."
  • The Healing Art: How Does Music Soothe the Soul? "Why is music thought to have the power to ‘soothe the savage beast’? What do different cultures believe about music’s connection to something as critical & complex as health, well-being? Even in antiquity, pitches & scales were associated with times of day, moods, colors & many other values. In a number of cultures today there is a belief in music's ability to aid healing, either alone or in conjunction with other efforts…" And today, scientific studies to uncover effective therapies for healing through music continue to grow, providing some new information to help answer these important questions.
  • Music and the Brain: Can Music Make You Smarter? "The provocative power of music has been acknowledged since antiquity. Modern scientists who study our complex relationship with music are beginning to find out some of the reasons why. This talk focuses on the fascinating results of their many studies about what happens in our brains when we make music & when we just listen to it? How can idiot savants who can’t tie their shoes reproduce music note for note after one hearing? Studies indicate that adding music to 3rd graders’ education dramatically raises math & language scores. Do theories, like the “Mozart effect,” asserting that music rewires the brain, have any validity?….."
  • Steal from the Best: Music's Inherent Internationalism. "Music, like other arts, meanders across the artificial borders of race, politics & culture on its own accord. What can we learn from the cultural mavericks who manifest music’s inherent universality? From honored national treasures to second-class citizens under state control, musicians’ status run the gamut across cultures & through the centuries. All the while, the best of them remain focused on their art, inquisitive & acquisitive, ignoring, & even defying, political, racial, social & other artificial boundaries…."