As a soloist, Jarrett sings a book connected to the heart of jazz - from Ellington, Mingus & Monk to the songbooks of Lerner & Lowe, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Gershwin & more. To this she adds selected Brazilian & other Latin songs, & her original lyrics to compositions such as this early draft of Kenny Barron’s Phantoms (sung by Gretchen Parlato on Barron's CD The Traveler, Sunnyside.)


Many of these works are then transformed into arrangements - for solo voice, voice & instruments, from strings to horns - or this five part A cappella version for her solo CD of a lovely waltz by Kenny Barron. Jarrett sang the three female parts & raised the key for her baritone guest artist who sang both male parts.


  • Since she was small, Janice Jarrett started soloing in church & school. By college she led her own groups & had performed folk, rock, R & B, classical & jazz, including free jazz, often functioning like a horn player. Urban Core assistant to Bill Barron at Brooklyn’s Muse Jazz Workshops while in college on work-study, she met important jazz instructors who would remain her friends for years. Wanting to interpret some of the great instrumental compositions she heard, she began writing lyrics.
  • With a B. A. in voice & composition (Antioch College), she entered the World Music program at Wesleyan University (M. A., Ph.D., Ethnomusicology). She studied the music of West Africa, the Caribbean, India & West Asia taught & played by indigenous masters & continued to perform jazz in her own ensembles. She spent a year in field research in Greece, & toured as a member of composer Steve Reich’s ensemble.
  • As a college professor she developed curricula, produced concerts & small festivals before moving to L.A, where she founded Borrowed Time, a five voice jazz group. Able to write one day & have the group sing her work virtually the next, she created a books of original lyrics & arrangements for the group. The other singers, powerful musicians, & the top shelf accompanists they used, make up a list of accomplished, who’s who of jazz & contemporary music.
  • BT consisted of Jarrett, Sunny Wilkinson, Leila Thigpen, Rocky Davis & Bob Joyce; accompanists included Russell Ferrante, Greg Karukas, Tom Garvin, John Beasley, John Patitucci, John Heard, Jimmy Johnson, Tony Dumas, Alex Acuna, Ken Wild, Luis Conte, Walfredo Reyes, Art Rodriquez, and occasionally the stellar Caribbean Jazz band, Baya - to name a few.
  • She left L.A. for Tucson where she continued to teach and perform. Her large & small JJJAZZ ensembles in Tucson make use of Tucson’s best jazz & latin musicians. In Tucson she published more writing about music; her profiles & reviews appeared in the Tucson Weekly, the Arizona Daily Star, the Phoenix New Times & the Desert Leaf. For some years she has been renewed as a Roads Scholar as part of the Speakers Bureau for the Arizona Humanities Council, traveling statewide to give talks on music.
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