• Jarrett received a B. A. in music from Antioch College in Ohio, augmenting her studies with Jazz courses at neighboring Wilberforce. Antioch’s work-study program allowed her to spend most of her last two years in New York City, where she worked & studied with great jazz masters at the Muse Jazz Workshops, ushered at Carnegie Hall, waited tables near Wall Street, & studied composition privately with jazz giant Jimmy Guiffre.
  • While pursuing advanced degrees at Wesleyan University (CT), Jarrett continued to perform in a variety of ensembles & venues while teaching at nearby University of New Haven. Studying & performing a wide range of genre - African Drumming & Dance, Carnatic & Hindustani singing, as well as her main genre jazz, Jarrett also toured with composer Steve Reich’s ensemble. After graduate school, she became a professor at Thomas Jefferson College, once a part of the cluster college at Grand Valley State (MI), teaching music history, theory, survey & performance classes. (See right.) Her students began gigging in local venues & many on-campus concerts & under her sponsorship, formed their own World Music club to sponsor & produce concerts, festivals & visiting artist programs.
  • In California, Jarrett taught in various colleges, community & professional schools but focused primarily on developing a performing group, the five voice jazz ensemble, Borrowed Time. For a decade the group played in greater Los Angeles & beyond.
  • In Tucson, Jarrett taught in community programs for the Tucson Pima Arts Council’s Rural Arts, in an integrated arts curriculum she designed for middle schools, & as an Adjunct Instructor as the University of Arizona, teaching Jazz History & directing the Vocal Jazz Ensemble & various small A cappella groups. She taught a number of jazz courses for The Learning Curve, an extended education organization offering a rich range of courses by seasoned professionals & experts. To the right is a sample course.
  • For information on her current talks through the Arizona Humanities Council Speakers Bureau as a Roads Scholar, visit AHC, & the Writer/Speaker page on this site.
  • Currently she keeps busy with her private voice studio & new writing, arranging & performance projects. She is also promoting her recent CD, Blue Nights & Sunshower (December 2011). For more information or to hire Jarrett for writing, performing, or workshops/lectures, etc., please email.

  • For more on her private teaching, please visit Vocal Technique Studio at www.vocalstudy.com