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Described as a "sultry vocalist with a vast repertoire of jazz, blues, and standards…with some Bob Dylan thrown in for good measure” by New York Magazine, the spirited and vivacious Janet Planet teams up with pianist John Harmon, Wisconsin's "Gentle Poet of Jazz," for an intimate evening of jazz standards and original compositions. The concert will be preceded by onstage interview at 6:45 p.m. with the performers by Kurt Dietrich, author of Wisconsin Riffs: Jazz Profiles from the Heartland.
Janet's creative output continues to take her around the world through her recordings and live performances. Spanning the globe with tours across the U.S., Canada, Japan, Russia, South Africa and Europe she leaves listeners assured that there is a soul in this "Planet.” Active in all aspects of the business she is a performer, producer, teacher, recording artist, voice-over talent and commercial singer. She co-owns Steel Moon Recording Studio and Stellar Records with husband, Tom Washatka. With over 24 recordings in her discography the award winning singer won an Emmy for her work on "A Child Believes.” She is a six time WAMI award winner and in 2014 she became the second woman in 32 years to be inducted in to the WAMI Hall Of Fame. In 2017 Planet was acknowledged by the GRAMMY Foundation for her recording "Janet Planet – Just Like A Woman – The Music Of Bob Dylan.”
Pianist John Harmon, known as "Wisconsin's Gentle Poet of Jazz," first developed a love of music while listening to his dad's jazz records as a child. His mother also played the piano, and Harmon and his mother enjoyed playing together during his childhood. That love of music, and jazz in particular, stayed with Harmon throughout his life. He also is renowned as a composer. When it comes to composing, Harmon says, his main goal is "to get it right. (Composing is) "a personal adventure. It's very subjective. You make the decisions and hope, overall, they were the right decisions." Harmon says the process of composing is akin to that of time-lapse photography, as both start out as small pieces and grow into a work of art. "You work measure by measure, not by note," he says. "It's fascinating to see it all come together."