Announcing A New Library for Vocal Jazz

Noteworthy Compositions Now Available for Singers
For the first time, Lyrics and Song collaborations with renowned composers, including Kenny Barron, George Cables, Michael Deak, and Eddie Russ with singer, lyricist, and vocal arranger Janice Jarrett, are available for purchase. She began writing lyrics early in her career, accumulating a rich collection of meaningful lyrics, rich in imagery. Visit the Shop to see the current ballads, bossas, jazz waltzes, swing tunes, and more. Return for new additions.
As a respected educator, Janice Jarrett teaches private lessons, group sessions, and workshops in voice, music theory, songwriting, and more online and from her Tucson-based Vocal Technique Studio. As a scholar and long-time advocate for the arts, she is a sought-after speaker on music and culture. Contact her for lessons, and to book talks, JJJazz performances, workshops, and commissions for lyrics or vocal arrangements.
For over a decade, she led the five-voice vocal jazz group, Borrowed Time, in Los Angeles. Joining Sunny Wilkinson, Leila Thigpen, Rocky Davis and, Bob Joyce, Borrowed Time played with backup bands that included up-and-coming accompanists, who now are among the most respected Jazz artists. The majority of Borrowed Time's book was based on lyrics and arrangements by Dr. Jarrett, many of which are available here, or will be added soon for purchase in the Shop

Making A Difference

VTS Student Comments
I have been a student of Dr. Jarrett for four years, and I can assure you that Janice’s teaching is truly of the highest quality. Her vast experience and perceptive ability allows her to hone in on student’s vocal problems, no matter how subtle they are, and then correct them with little difficulty. Under her pedagogy I have achieved consistent vocal freedom and ease, as well as great increases in my voice’s range, resonance, warmth, and richness that I had not previously thought would be possible….”

Andrew Gleckler, BFA Musical Theatre, Elon University, N.C., class of 2017, Currently Freelance Actor, L.A.
I am very thankful I was referred to Dr. Jarrett’s studio when I was only 11. All I wanted to do was sing. Not only does she teach you the proper way to sing, she dissects songs with you to find the true meaning of the words you are singing. Six years later I am still a part of her studio and I have learned and grown so much as an artist, I know that the techniques I have learned by being one of her students are ones I will keep with me as I continue with my singing career. I am still learning new things each lesson

Christina Kroell, Musical Theatre Major
I chose Dr. Jarrett because she was a PhD and a musician, not a kid with a Mel Bay scale book. I was looking to correct a long-term pitch issue, and Janice taught me that my issue was breath control, not pitch control. We addressed that and much more! My lessons have gone so far beyond the pitch issue – performance mind-state, music theory and notation, clarity of artistic message, artist personal management, and most important – voice preservation and care. I am nearing 60 years old, and I can hear myself improving month-to-month. I have gone so far beyond what I thought I was capable of.

Matt Bruner, Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist

Noteworthy & New

A night out to remember, not just because of Covid caution for so long, but because I ventured out for Dmitri Matheny’s June CD tour for “Cascadia.” Gorgeous album and from the advance copy I ended up writing lyrics for the shuffle groove song “Evergreen Girl.”  (To be in the Shop soon!) An outstanding composer and flugelhorn player, Dmitri was an honored guest on my own CD. What a great evening to start my return to live venues.

The newest additions from the Kenny Barron collaborations are now in the Shop out of my library of collaborations: “In the Slow Lane,” “Rain” and “Marie Laveau”.  (The Lead Sheets page includes names of current and future titles to add.) Product pages have short clips and their sources, brief descriptions of styles and composers, and portions of lyrics. Return for new offerings, or make it easier: sign up for “What’s New” below to join the email list for exclusive, periodic updates.

The Studio page has an overview of my work as a teacher, speaker, scholar, and arts advocate.  For more on my background, credentials, and as a professional musician, see the JJJazz and About pages. For lessons in voice/songwriting/arranging, etc., please visit the VTS page or email. Students voice their say on the References page.

Recently I gave my current AHC talk again on “The Science of Music, the Music of Science.” and Zoomed the one on Music and Healing. I love the Q & A part the best. These hourlong presentations inspire me to keep up with the latest research and I am currently developing a talk on the Benefits of Music.  (To book a presentation or talk, visit the Writer/Speaker page.)

Visit Noteworthy for useful and interesting blog posts related to singing, music, and the arts. Drawn from research and teaching experience, the brief writings cover topics like vocal technique, memorization, effective learning and practicing ideas. Posts are infrequent given my schedule but hopefully rich in information.

For your band, group, or organization, review VTS Workshops for the list of subject areas offered online, at the studio, or at your location.  New workshops are developed now and then, and I’m open to new ones. I hope to return to in-person performances soon; visit the JJJazz page to book a performance.

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