Seattle-based vocalist Janette West’s multi-layered career spans four decades, and was nurtured in the fabric of Northwest music history. Her voice and style is a rich composite of dynamic jazz improvisation with the plush warmth of soulful R&B influences. JazzTimes magazine writes, “West is a first rate swinger, comparable in style and gusto to Ernestine Anderson, though the warmth of her ballads is more reminiscent of Natalie Cole.” The Examiner writes: “Janette West is a lovely and mercurial vocalist, a local favorite.”
When Janette sings, she shares a passion behind every note, every breath, and you get the feeling she has lived every lyric. She knows her way around the music and easily draws the audience into a robust ride. There is an obvious respect between her and the musicians with whom she generously shares the spotlight. Says Janette, “We have an amazing resource of world-class musicians in the Seattle area. I am in awe of the players I have been fortunate to work with and I feel privileged to play music with my husband as well.”
Marty TuttleJanette’s husband/drummer Marty Tuttle, a veteran musician with a long history of credits, is the son of local treasure and icon trombonist Dave Tuttle. Growing up in a “jazz home,” Marty has lived music his entire life. Together, Janette and Marty formed their own groups. “Marty and I love playing music together. We know how lucky we are to share this dimension of life. We connect very well musically and this provides a solid core for the group.”
Their first CD, titled Snapshot and released on the Pony Boy Records label, features jazz standards with a Latin twist and is available on Amazon and iTunes. The cohesive duo of Eric Verlinde on piano and Chuck Kistler on bass thrill the listener while percussionist Ricardo Guity injects a rich Afro-Cuban flavor into the mix. The result earned them a choice write-up in Jazz Times magazine.