ARCT – Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto – Performance
B.Mus. Arts. – University of Western Ontario, London
Humber College, Toronto – Jazz Studies
Although Jan is best known as a jazz, classical, and pop musician, performing as a soloist or in duos, trios or quartets, she is also a teacher, a composer, a Biofield Tuning Practitioner, and a writer.
Born in Brantford Ontario, she has made the West Coast her home for the better part of her life. She has entertained in Victoria, Vancouver, Thailand, Japan, Australia, Penang, and on cruise ships. She continues to perform in Victoria for events at Government House, the Empress Hotel, Butchart Gardens, The Oswego Hotel and at weddings and private parties where uplifting music is called for.
Jan either plays solo piano, or in duos or trios with people like Joey Smith and Ross MacDonald on bass, Al Vance on guitar, Edie Daponte on vocals or Dick Smith on saxophone. When working in Vancouver for five years, she had a regular gig at the Pan Pacific with Patty and Oliver Gannon, Ross Taggart, and Roy Reynolds.
As a teacher, she guides students beyond notes on paper, to understanding and hearing how chord progressions work, and how they are simply a road map to improvisation.
After practising tai chi and yoga for twenty years, Jan learned the importance of directing energy within the body to release blockages. With an interest in the Healing Arts, she studied Reiki and Quantum Healing. This led to the realization that the power of sound as a healing tool was just as important as these other modalities. She uses two special crystal bowls that relate to the sacral and heart chakras. Playing these, she chants or sings in Sanskrit, Hebrew, and other sacred languages, assisting healing and meditation groups.
Jan's studies have led her to Eileen McKusick's ground-breaking work in Biofield Tuning, and she is now one of the first Biofield Tuner sound therapists in British Columbia. To find out more about this cutting-edge therapeutic technology, visit her new Sound Healing page.
Jan is also a published author of Ted Harrison’s Rainbow Road and is currently working on a science fiction novel with Mike Sadava (song writer and author of “The Project”). You can read more on her new BOOKS page.