Tenor saxophone, clarinet
DIVA, FIVE PLAY
Janelle Reichman, saxophonist, clarinetist, composer and educator has performed with musical greats such as Doc Severinsen, Les Paul, Anne Hampton Callaway, Sherrie Maricle and DIVA, Dave Liebman, Donny McCaslin and many others.
Janelle first discovered her love of music when she picked up the clarinet in fifth grade, and would go on to become a multi-instrumentalist. As a teenager, Janelle was a member of bands that opened for Nicholas Payton’s ensemble and The Jazz at Lincoln Center Sextet, as well as attended numerous festivals around the country, including the Detroit International Jazz Festival, where Janelle was named Best High School Saxophonist. At age 17, she was accepted into Dave Liebman’s International Saxophone Masterclass, a weeklong intensive workshop located in Liebman’s hometown of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania.
Janelle’s beautiful tone and creative melodic ideas landed her a spot in the IAJE (International Association for Jazz Education) Sisters in Jazz Quintet, which opened for Nicholas Payton at the 2004 IAJE Conference in New York, and had performances at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. as part of the Mary Lou Williams Women in Jazz Festival. Janelle was also accepted into the full-scholarship Henry Mancini Institute two years running, where she performed with Maria Schneider, Christian McBride, Ray Buretto, Chris Potter, and Vince Mendoza.
Janelle has performed all over the country with great musicians such as Doc Severinsen and his Tonight Show Band, Tim Ries, and Bob Mintzer. Janelle’s quartet has played all over the Midwest, including The Jazz Factory in Louisville, Kentucky, The Firefly Club in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and The Blue Wisp in Cincinnati, Ohio. In 2005 Janelle won a Downbeat award, and in 2006 Janelle performed with Ann Hampton Callaway as a featured soloist with DIVA Jazz Orchestra at the Toronto Jazz Festival.
Janelle has a Bachelors degree in jazz saxophone from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she performed with Ahmad Jamal, Curtis Fuller, Kenny Wheeler, Joshua Redman, and Mulgrew Miller, among others. She also holds a Masters degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where she studied with Dick Oatts, Bob Mintzer and Steve Wilson. She has lived and freelanced in the NYC area for the past six years. Her debut album as a leader, entitled Middleground and produced by Steve Wilson, was released in the Spring of 2011 and has received rave reviews. When Janelle is not performing or teaching music, she is building websites as part of her business, Continuum Web Design.