Janette West is a jazz vocalist who has been working up and down the West Coast for over 5 decades fronting R&B, smooth-jazz and big band outfits. Never though, has West been better served than with the dynamic quartet she and husband drummer Marty Tuttle have developed. Using only top Seattle veteran pianists and bassists their group has become a Rockfish staple. They continue to perform throughout the NW region in restaurants, concert venues, jazz walks and private engagements.
Janette was nurtured in the fabric of Northwest music history. Her voice and style is a rich composite of dynamic jazz improvisation with the plush warmth of soulful R&B influences. Early career highlights include opening for Jimi Hendrix and Tina Turner, writing and performing radio jingles, and performing in hundreds of venues as an R&B and Jazz performer.
Janette earned a choice write up in Jazztimes magazine by national music critic Christopher Loudon who wrote; “West is a first-rate swinger, comparable in style and gusto to Ernestine Anderson, though the warmth of her ballads is more reminiscent of Natalie Cole. Carol Banks Weber of AXS writes; “All audiences notice is West’s easy way with the lyrics, the music and with them, the rich, lustrous undertones of an alto that can wrap around any song -Jazz standard, R&B, Latin- and make it swing.”