Date:   7/28/2004

John Harmon Trio, with special guest Janet Planet, at Thrasher

John Harmon Trio, with special guest Janet Planet, at Thrasher


The John Harmon Trio, with special guest Janet Planet, will be coming together to present a special evening of smooth jazz in the intimate setting of the historic Thrasher Opera House. Thanks to the generous sponsorship from Dr. Kurt Piernot, DDS, they will be gracing our stage on the evening of Saturday, August 7 at 7:30 p.m.


John Harmon, a Wisconsin native, often brings his love for the outdoors into his piano compositions including Native American folklore and 20 Century literatures.  Harmon was co-founder of the critically acclaimed contemporary group, Matrix, with which he recorded five albums.  Among his other released CDs are featured solo piano works of his own composition on Rite of Passage, standards and his own compositions on An Evening of Jazz with the John Harmon Trio, and, with singer Janet Planet, More Beautiful Than Planned.  He has won numerous awards for his love of music, including the Wisconsin Artist Fellowship Award (2001) and the Jazziz Award (1998).  


Despite a wide range of national recognition for Harmon’s superb piano-playing skills, he is also the local choir director of Winneconne’s First Presbyterian Church.  Both Harmon and Planet have performed at various locations in the community including the Ripon Jazz Fest, Ripon Community Church, Heidel House, and concerts at Lawrence University in Appleton.   

“Janet Planet and John Harmon performed a collection of standards and original material,” stated Erik Eriksson, reviewer of the duo’s Tritone Jazz Performance in 1999.  “All of it creatively conceived and spun out with a rare degree of polish and theatrical flair.”


Janet Planet’s singing career began with a high school talent show and has escalated ever since.  She was the featured singer for an Emmy-award winning video in 1997 called A Child Believes, and she is also regularly featured as a coach-performer for the Tritone Jazz Fantasy summer camps in New York and Wisconsin.


According to jazz critic Michael Drew, Janet Planet “inhabits each song’s genre and mood, shifting seamlessly from classic pop to very 90’s Latin.”  In addition, her recognition has grown along with her career as evidenced by being hailed by Jazziz Magazine as the “Voice of the New Jazz Culture …amazing voice with seemingly limitless expression,” and “Best Female Vocalist” by WAMI radio station.


Joining Harmon and Planet will be Dane Richeson, who is recognized as one of the most versatile virtuosi in percussion today.  Throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia he has been featured in such diverse roles as solo marimbist, contemporary chamber music percussionist, ethnic percussion artist and jazz drummer.  He regularly performs with numerous chamber ensembles, at a variety of festivals both here and abroad, and has been aired on National Public Radio / Television, and CNN.  He has composed works commissioned by Kanopy Dance Company, Wild Space Dance Company, and Paper Arts Festival of Wisconsin.  Mr. Richeson has performed on more than one hundred recordings including works on Klavier, Accurate, Mark, Naxos, A-Records, CRI, Albany, Innova, and the major motion picture, Sphere and is the current associate professor of music at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI where he is director of percussion studies. 

Bassist John Gibson rounds out the Trio, having recorded and performed with John Harmon in various groups since the early 1980’s, most notable of which are Fire & Ice featuring vocalist Janet Planet, the Wolf River Quartet and the John Harmon Trio and Duo.  He has performed on several nationally released recordings and has also performed with such renowned artists as Bobby Shew, Marlena Shaw, Louie Bellson, Clark Terry, Buddy DeFranco, Terry Gibbs, Herb Ellis and Carl Fontana. John has also been a recording engineer and producer at studios in Green Bay and the Fox Cities since 1987.  He has recorded and produced music for commercials, industrial films and television documentaries that include such companies as Shopko, Carver Boat, Kimberly-Clark and Motorola.  He has also engineered the recording of dozens of music CDs.  He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he studied with bassist, Richard Davis, and is a 1983 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in music with an emphasis in recording engineering.


Tickets for this must see concert can be purchased at the Thrasher Opera House office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake State Bank, Bloch’s Farm, Bull Moose Mercantile for $18 Adults and $15 Seniors and Students. For online tickets visit: or call 920-294-4279.


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