Primary Instrument: Sax, alto
25 year old, Seattle born and Los Angeles raised alto saxophonist Justin Janer has performed and recorded with Wynton Marsalis, Hubert Laws, Pete Escovedo, Roy Hargrove, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Tim Reis, Kirk Whalum, George Garzone, Eric Marienthal, Bob Sheppard, Louie Cruz Beltran, Matt Marantz, and Linda Oh, and has performed throughout the United States; as well as in Germany, Austria, and France. Now based in L.A., he has headlined with his quartet at venues such as The Jazz Bakery, Catalina’s Bar and Grill, Charlie O’s, Cafe Metropol, The York, Club Good Hurt, and has also performed in New York City at Dizzy’s Club Coca Cola, Fat Cat, Smalls, Cleopatra’s Needle, and Lincoln Center.
Mr. Janer has won many awards including the Downbeat Magazine Outstanding Soloist Award, Best College Saxophonist at the Reno Jazz Festival; and was a North American Saxophonist Alliance Competition 2nd place winner. He is the recipient of the McNamara Creative Arts Grant, which awarded him with generous funding to record and produce a debut album. His recently released CD entitled Following Signs showcases Janer’s original compositions and features some of the best young musicians in New York including Ambrose Akinmusire, Fabian Almazan, and Ruben Samama among others.
Janer takes pride in his Puerto Rican heritage, and is passionate about Latin Jazz. In 2009, he received a Latin Grammy Nomination and was also selected as The Latin Jazz Corner - Latin Jazz Saxophone Player of The Year for his performance as lead alto saxophonist on Kenya Revisited Live!!! with the Manhattan School of Music Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, directed by Bobby Sanabria and featuring conga player and NEA Jazz Master, Candido Camero. Janer is also a member of the Louie Cruz Beltran’s Latin Jazz Orchestra.
Justin Janer holds a bachelor’s degree from Cal State Northridge and a master’s degree from Manhattan School of Music in New York City, and has studied with Steve Wilson, David Liebman, Vincent Herring, Lee Konitz, and Rob Lockart.