Recorded in 1986 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Bassoon and Recorders: Janet Grice; Guitar: Teddy Bärlocher; Keyboards: Marinho Boffa (tracks 3, 7), Zé Lorenço Araújo (tracks 1, 2, 4), Percussion: Nana Vasconcelos (track 6), Armando Marçal (tracks 2, 5), Mingú Araújo (tracks 3, 7), Marcelo Salazar (track 5); Bass: Arthúr Maia (tracks 1, 2, 3, 7), Jorge Degas (track 5), Cello: Jacques Morelenbaum; Drums: Jurim Moreira (tracks 1, 2), Pascoal Meireles (tracks 3, 7).
“Samambaia” by César Camargo Mariano, “Vera Cruz” by Milton Nascimento, “Afternoon in Bangú” by Hermeto Pascoal, “Axêpa” by Zé Eduardo Nazario, “Song for Andy”, “Streets of Olinda”, and “Carrie” by Janet Grice.
JANET GRICE BIO
Janet Grice is a versatile bassoonist, at home in the idioms of jazz, classical, contemporary, and Brazilian music. Academic degrees include a Doctorate from Rutgers University, Masters from New York University and Bachelors from the New England Conservatory of Music. She was a recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in Brazil and grants from the National Endowment, Arts International, and Meet the Composer. Active in the research and performance of Brazilian music, jazz and contemporary music, she lectures on “Popular Styles in Brazilian Music” and leads master classes in “Jazz Improvisation on the Bassoon.”
Janet began her professional career at the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock and toured Europe with Karl Berger’s Orchestra, which included musicians such as Don Cherry, Trilok Gurtu, and Oliver Lake. She recorded with Butch Morris, Leroy Jenkins, Bernie Worell, Nana Vasconcelos, and John Lurie, and led her own bands in Switzerland, Brazil, and France, backed by musicians such as Armen Donelian, Katy Roberts, and Teddy Bärlocher.
In the USA Janet’s groups performed at the 92nd St. Y, Lake George Jazz Festival, Celebrate Brooklyn, Boston JazzBoat, International Women in Jazz Series, NARAS Grammy Foundation, Music Performance Trust Funds, the Knitting Factory and SOB’s. In the early 80’s her 7-piece band Tropical performed throughout New England; the Boston Globe wrote “Best of Boston … Janet demonstrated that the bassoon is equally adaptable to jazz or symphonic music.”
She has played jazz with Paulo Moura, Julius Hemphill and the Mingus Orchestra, and contemporary music with Anthony Davis, the Villa-Lobos Society, Festival of Microtonal Music, Musician’s Accord, and the Crosstown Ensemble, performing the music of Xenakis with the STX Ensemble at the Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal and Radio France in Paris.
Her three Brazilian jazz CDs feature the bassoon in original compositions and arrangements of works by Hermeto Pascoal, Egberto Gismonti, Jobim and others. Jazziz Magazine called her first CD, Song For Andy, “a gutsy, original idea ... her classically grounded bassoon carries the session.” Her latest release “Brazilian Dances and Inventions” features chamber works by Brazilian composers. She recorded for Music Minus One, National Public Radio, film and TV, and published writings on Brazilian, Cuban and Klezmer music for the International Double Reed Society Journal and the Lincoln Center Institute.
Janet is a teaching artist for the Lincoln Center Institute and a professional development facilitator and instrumental music teacher for the NYC Dept. of Ed. She taught Ear-training at Rutgers University, Brazilian Music at Westchester Community College, and AP Music Theory at Pleasantville HS. Principal bassoonist in the Chappaqua Orchestra, she freelances and performs Latin American chamber music with Vento Trio and jazz with the Janet Grice Group.