“Demonstrating a complete command of the sound and keys of her tenor … seems to defy logic and possibility in her speed, dexterity, and musicianship.”
– Jazz Improv Magazine
Janelle Reichman, clarinetist, saxophonist, 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 club dates 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. In 2016, Janelle was a featured clarinetist at Lincoln Center for the show Moonglow: The Magic of Benny Goodman, which took place in The Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center in Columbus Circle of New York, NY.
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. Janelle lived in New York City for ten years. Her debut album as a leader, entitled Middleground and co-produced by Steve Wilson, was released in the Spring of 2011. She continues to perform with various bands all over the East coast, the Midwest, the country, and the world. When she’s not playing her clarinet or saxophone, Janelle is designing and building websites as part of her business Continuum Design + Web.