"Jazz wasn't born in any specific location or the exclusive domain of any one group of people...it's is a force of nature that seeks out kindred spirits!"
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Musician Profile: J. Jody Janetta, MA
Jody has been a professional musician and educator for over 45 years. His musical experiences run the gamut from Jazz to World, Pop, Experimental, Improvisational Music of all types, Contemporary Classical, Studio Work and Electronics. Much of Jody’s performing revolves around his first loves: Jazz and Free Improvisation. Jody performs on Drumset and Hand Percussion/Drums, Bass(Acoustic and Electric), Vibes/Marimba and Piano. Jody endorses Dream Cymbals-Gongs and TreeWorks Chimes.
Jody’s present musical projects include his trio and quartet that focuses on creative interpretations of jazz standards, pop tunes, original compositions and the music of Paul Motian. 'In The Moment' which focuses on collective improvisation and 'Juniper Moon' doing unique and creative versions of the music from the 60's, 70's and beyond. Jody is also active in freelance work as a drummer/percussionist and bassist.
In the past Jody has worked with: Adelante contemporary jazz/improvisational ensemble, pianist/composer Catherine Marie Charlton, Paul Jost-vocalist, Andy Lalasis-bass, Alan Cassett-guitarist/composer(TV’s 90210), saxophonist William Janssen(Adrian Belew), Colorado/Florida guitarist Jeff Miller, world renowned Philadelphia saxophonist Elliott Levin, guitarist Geno White, the jazz trio “Koan”, 3Peace contemporary jazz trio, bassist Paul Wilezol’s jazz trio, “Fritz” a contemporary fusion group with 2 bassists, 2 drummers, a percussionist and guitar player, Musiclective Creative Music Ensemble, Group Motion’s Friday Nite Inprovisational Dance/Movement Workshop, The Nubian Percussion and Dance Ensemble(under the direction of master percussionist Bill “Sonny” Perren), “Maveja” contemporary percussion ensemble w/Tony Mascara Jr., Will Monson and Anthony Vega, “Equinox” jazz/world music group, Solstice World Music Ensemble, The Improvisational Arts Ensemble(multi-media group w/dancers, musicians and painters), “Invasion of Time”, My Louise” an acoustic contemporary folk-trio and “Skinwalker” folk/world music trio, Paul “Woz” Woznicki’s trio and world music/tribal belly dance ensemble, with “The Will Monson Trio” a modern jazz trio, “The Juniper Trio” a contemporary jazz trio, “4Peace, Explorations In Time and Space” and “Lights Edge” a duo w/guitarist Paul Mimlitsch, Drumming/Percussion/Bass/Composing for Modern Dancer/Choreographer “Leslianna Federici”. Jody has also performed with singer/songwriter/guitarist Ruth Wyand, Dark Hollow and bassist/baritone guitarist Steve Testa, “Milieu” a contemporary jazz trio. Jody has also worked and studied with pianist/composer/artist/writer G. Frank Haas.
More recent past collaborations include “Casting Shadows” w/saxophonist Danny Osterweil and bassist Dave Tracey. The Jazz Duo of Danny Osterweil-saxes and J. Jody Janetta-bass and Guitarist Matthew LoRe's "Trillium" with bassist Stephen Testa...as well as “Hikari” a new age/world music trio w/Hikari Tenshi-shakuhachi and Lori Benton-Janetta on vocals/spoken word.
J. Jody Janetta