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I reside in the San Francisco Bay area. A native Texan, I was born Janet Marie Pierce to father Curtis and mother Bobbie in East Texas. For as long as I remember, I've been in love with jazz music. As a teen, I recall a particular flea market binge with my mother where I uncovered my first 78-RPM collectible record. It was a Doris Day tune "Sentimental Journey" and I played that record on my 33 1/3 turntable over and over burning out more needles than my allowance could afford. Mother and I recently recovered that old record from my personal storage.
During the 70's, I was caught up in the funk movement, which took me away from my newly discovered big band, swing and jazz vocal. I relocated to the East Coast's Atlanta, Georgia in the early 80's. I resumed my love of jazz and heard my first Billie Holiday tune "What A Little Moonlight Can Do". Shortly before the passing of the great Sarah Vaughn, I had an opportunity to see her perform at Piedmont Park (Atlanta). That was a pivotal moment, which ignited my quest to deliver jazz vocal performance.
I was fortunate to live in Mid-town, the heart of Atlanta and significant area of the arts district. Musicians and artists of every type dwelled near me. It was useful that there were several jazz clubs within walking distance from my home. I struck up relationships with some very talented practicing musicians, arrangers and composers. As with many a start-up act, I auditioned my share of band members. I frequented open-mic clubs and sang my way around town. Both my performance and business skills needed some polishing.
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