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 Inspired by her passionate belief that jazz needs to constantly evolve to attract a younger, more diverse audience.
Red Alert marks a new direction for the trio combining synthesizers with piano. Janette’s unique contemporary jazz compositions, drawing on her wide-ranging influences (from Dave Brubeck to David Bowie and Herbie Hancock to Goldfrapp), combine interesting timescapes and modern beats with a cinematic texture and are underpinned by a mature and inventive jazz vocabulary. Her vision is brought to life by the explosive combination of Chris Morris on drums and Tom Mason on Bass and is a direct musical response to the political and social challenges now facing us all – hence the name Red Alert.
Janette’s powerful and rhythmic approach to the piano is subtly fused with the keyboards to create a musical journey that is as engaging as it is thought provoking.
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.
She has performed internationally at The Rochester and Atlanta Jazz Festivals with Ian Shaw, toured extensively throughout Europe with Soupsongs, the music of Robert Wyatt and been a frequent visitor to Japan with the band Workshy.
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.
Chris Morris is a musician and tutor with many years of industry experience working as a drummer and producer.
His playing career has given him the opportunity to travel the world working with recording artists such as: Paloma Faith/ Lethal Bizzle/ Marina and the Diamonds/ Big Sean/ Kiesza/ Akala/ Natalie La Rose/ Omar/ Papa San/ Loose Ends/ Janet Kay/ Ghetts/ Devlin/ Sharlene Monique/ Matt Redman/ Noel Robinson/ Sinach & Chris McClarney to name a few.
Chris plays Natal Drums, Sabian Cymbals and Vater Percussion sticks.