Janet Grice demonstrates that the bassoon – a low-pitched woodwind usually associated with classical music – is equally versatile in jazz. Audiences marvel at the gorgeous sound of the elegant bassoon in high-energy performances that portray a deep connection to the music of Brazil in the music of Jobim, Moacir Santos and Hermeto Pascoal, originals and jazz standards. Accompanying Janet are pianists such as Clifford Korman and Armen Donelian, guitarist Paul Meyers, bassist Nilson Matta, percussionists Vanderlei Pereira and Ze Mauricio. Janet also leads Vento Trio, a chamber group, and freelances in orchestras. Recently she played at the Triboz Jazz Club in Rio de Janeiro and the Festival de Música de Londrina in Brazil.
After graduating from the New England Conservatory, Janet honed her improvisational skills at the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, going on to perform internationally with Karl Berger, Nana Vasconcelos, Don Cherry, Butch Morris, Leroy Jenkins, Anthony Davis and the Mingus Orchestra, among others. Her own groups performed at the 92nd St. Y, Lake George Jazz Festival, Flushing Town Hall, Celebrate Brooklyn, Boston’s JazzBoat, International Women in Jazz, the Grammy Foundation, Knitting Factory and SOB’s, and in Switzerland, Brazil, Argentina and France. Boston Globe cited her band Tropical as the “Best of Boston – Janet demonstrated the bassoon is equally adaptable to jazz or symphonic music.” Jazziz Magazine praised her first CD, Song For Andy, as “a gutsy, original idea … her classically grounded bassoon carries the session.”
Janet can be heard on recordings with artists such as Herbie Hancock, Bernie Worell, STX Ensemble/Music of Xenakis, Eve Beglarian and her own 4 CDs of Brazilian and original music. She received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Fulbright for research in Brazil, USArtists International and the Surdna Foundation for her work as a jazz bassoonist. Janet earned a Doctorate from Rutgers University, where she presented a thesis on Brazilian music, and a Masters in Composition from New York University. She teaches at Fordham High School for the Arts in the Bronx, and the Hoff Barthelson Music School, and has lectured on music history, ear-training, bassoon and improvisation at colleges in the USA, France and Brazil.