London based pianist, composer, arranger and producer has been a mainstay of the British jazz scene for the last fifteen years performing and arranging for everyone from Elaine Delmar to Claire Martin.
Janette was exposed to jazz from a very early age. It was watching the Oscar Peterson show as a child that really cemented her career path as she announced, “That’s what I want to do.”
Red Alert is her new trio project with the powerhouse of Jack Pollitt on drums – founder member of the popular Brit-soul band Mamas Gun and Tom Mason on bass – an extraordinary musician whose live work includes Lizz Wright and Robert Mitchell.
Red Alert marks a new direction for the trio combining synthesizers with piano. For the forthcoming album Janette is aiming to develop her contemporary jazz sound using interesting time scapes, strong grooves and a cinematic texture. Her influences are wide-ranging and eclectic, from Dave Brubeck to David Bowie and Herbie Hancock to Goldfrap.
She has never shied away from making music that is complex and challenging but with a keen ear for melody and a powerful sense of rhythm whilst staying true to her unique compositional style.
Her music has been described as being similar to EST and The Bad Plus.
John Fordham – The Guardian
Janette has previously recorded two trio albums, her debut album Din and Tonic was shortlisted by the Guardian as a contender for “Jazz Album of the Year”, followed by her 2009 release, Alien Left Hand, which garnered a Parliamentary Jazz nomination in the best CD category.
James Griffiths – The Guardian
As an arranger, producer and performer Janette has a formidable track record. She toured extensively throughout the 90s with artists like Oasis, Pulp and Robert Wyatt and has proven to be a consummate musician and a standout talent in Jazz, Pop and World Music. She has contributed arrangements to Ian Shaw’s Drawn To All Things and produced Lea DeLaria’s, The Live Smoke Sessions that reached the Grammy Ballot.
Her compositions can be heard on numerous TV programmes and Films including the score for the award winning film Ruby Blue starring Bob Hoskins.
Janette is currently Musical Director at Hideaway Live Music Venue in London.
Two of the finest contemporary jazz musicians
Tom studied jazz bass at the Royal Academy of Music, spending a year of his degree at New England Conservatory in Boston.
He has worked extensively all areas of the music business. He has been a long-term member of the award winning pianist Robert Mitchell’s Panacea, collaborating with Bournemouth Symphony Chorus in 2014. He has recorded and performed with a diverse array of artists including Lizz Wright, Mark Ronson, Jamie Cullum, Lily Angelique Kidjo and Gwilym Simcock.
London born drummer Jack Pollitt has been lucky enough to work with artists and producers such as Beyonce Knowles, Pharrell Williams, Ed Sheeran and Beverly Knight amongst many others. He was a founding member of the band Mamas Gun who achieved a top ten album, single and chart success.
He has also played on many film soundtracks, TV commercials, and has worked in a number of West End musicals.