Hailing from New Jersey, guitarist, composer and teacher Nat Janoff has been working steadily in the contemporary jazz scene for the past 15 years. After earning his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance from William Paterson University in 1996, Nat set to work forging his own musical path.
The first marker on that path was Nat’s 1999 debut album, Looking Through, featuring the rhythm section of world-renowned electric bassist Matthew Garrison and drummer Gene Lake, putting Nat on the map as both a player and a composer.
Two more albums soon followed—a live acoustic recording with fellow William Paterson alumnus Jake Schwartz (simply titled, Live) and a collaborative project with Rave Tesar on keys (of Annie Haslam’s Renaissance) and Ray LeVier on drums, entitled Berkana.
Janoff was honored with the opportunity to contribute to ESC Records latest tribute album, Mahavishnu Redefined II, recording the track, Are You the One? with bassist Ray Riendeau and drummer Martin Diamond. Janoff also played guitar on three tracks on Ray Riendau’s latest cd, Atmospheres.
Nat Janoff’s latest cd, Come Together Move Apart, was released in 2010 and features the great talents of pianist John Escreet, bassist François Moutin and drummer Chris Carroll.
In addition to playing with his own groups, Nat Janoff has performed with the R&B singer Joe, R&B legend David “Pic” Conley from the group Surface, legendary pianist Norman Simmons and drummer Victor Jones’ group, Culturversy. Nat can also be heard on Atlantic Records’ recording artist Debelah Morgan’s cd, Dance With Me and on R&B artist Roland Clark’s new track, The Simple Things.