J. JODY JANETTA - Drummer, Percussionist, Bassist, Composer and Bandleader.

J. Jody Janetta performs in a wide variety of musical settings both as a leader and sideman. Please see his BIO for more details.

Music Ensembles Available:
"CELEBRATING ADELANTE" from 1995 to the present.
Adelante has seen many dynamic incarnations during its 27 year tenure. At its inception, the original line-up was Paul Mimlitsch on Warr Touch-Style Guitar and Looping along with J. Jody Janetta on drums and percussion. Adelante has been very fortunate to have so many other exceptional musicians perform as part of the ensemble So many wonderful musicians contributing their unique creative energy and ideas to the Adelante experience throughout the years.

Adelante’s debut CD “Adelante” – (1999) included Paul Mimlitsch, Danny Osterweil on sax/flute and J. Jody Janetta along with well know musician, producer and recording engineer Andy Kravitz. Andy also mixed, edited and mastered the CD. Adelante’s debut CD received excellent reviews from Brussels, Canada, South America, Japan and Australia, as well as here in the USA. Sadly, at present this CD is no longer in print.
CD artwork and layout by Paul Mimlitsch.

Adelante’s second CD release “Breathe” in 2011 is from a studio recording at Charleston Road Studio’s in Clifton, NJ. The recording engineer was Eric Troyer, well known for his work with John Lennon, Meatloaf, James Taylor, The Orchestra (an ELO off shoot) and beyond. Eric also edited, mixed and mastered the “Breathe” CD. The line-up for this CD was Paul Woznicki on piano and keys, Stephen Testa on bass and J. Jody Janetta on drums.
CD artwork and layout by Lori Benton-Janetta.

Adelante’s last release to date, “Breathe Again”, was in 2013 from a live concert at Jamie’s Place in Philadelphia, PA. The recording engineer was Jamie Riley and the CD was mixed, edited and mastered by Tony Mascara Jr, at the Audio Lab in Carmel, NJ. This CD received wonderful reviews from world renowned jazz drummers Peter Erskine, Jeff Ballard and drummer Michael Shrive (Santana). The musicians on this CD are the amazing Jack Jesiolowski on guitar, bassist Stephen Testa and J. Jody Janetta on drums.
CD artwork and layout by Lori Benton-Janetta

ADELANTE – Is a multi-directional contemporary music ensemble.

Adelante covers an eclectic of range of musical stylings. The ensemble blends jazz, contemporary classical, world/ethnic, ambient, folk all through an open improvisation asthetic. The ensemble (trio, quartet, quintet or sextet) is available for cafes/restaurants, coffee houses, house concerts, art galleries, wineries, breweries, special events and festivals/concerts.
I look forward to hearing from you regarding

In 2022, Adelante will be re-visiting the originally embraced intention of Adelante - which is to venture into unexpected musical landscapes.
Adelante has released 3 critically acclaimed CD's, "Adelante" (1999), "Breathe" (2011) and "Breathe Again" (2013)

Adelante is also available for workshops involving group process (guided relaxation, tai chi gong and contact improvisation). Please see our description at the "In The Moment" link at this website under J. Jody Janetta.

J. Jody Janetta - drums and percussion

Dexter Brank - guitar                                                                    
Dominic Mancini - bass (in memory of)

Tony Mascara Jr. - drums and percussion
Danny Osterweil - saxophone and flute
Lori Benton-Janetta - vocal alchemy and small hand percussion.
Lisa Melian - percussion/vocals

Clint Rhubart - guitar and bandolin

Maud Fried-Goodnight - cello

Bobby Davis- flutes

J. Jody Janetta
(856) 696-0350 or (609) 277-5119

Schoodic Arts Festival-Winter Harbor, ME
Penny Lane Cafe-Boulder, CO (with Jeff Miller-guitar )
The West End Cafe-Boulder, CO (with Jeff Miller-guitar )
Chris' Jazz Cafe-Philadelphia, PA
Event Horizon Concert Series-Philadelphia, PA
Landsdale Street Market Music Series-Lansdale, PA
Linvilla Orchards-Media, PA
Marmont Steakhouse and Bar-Philadelphia, PA
The Nazareth Center For The Arts-Nazareth, PA
The New Hope Arts and Craft's Festival-New Hope, PA
Ortliebs-Philadelphia, PA
Psalm Salon-Philadelphia, PA
The Rim Cafe-Philadelphia, PA
All Saints Episcopal Church-Concerts In The Garden Series-Rehoboth Beach, DE
Aqua Sol Restaurant-Bear, DE
Rehoboth Beach Jazz Festival@All Saints Episcopal Church-Rehoboth, DE
The Bellefonte Cafe-N. Wilmington, DE
The Film Brothers Gallery-Wilmington, DE
The Home Grown Cafe-Newark, DE
The Tim Quall's Show-Newark, DE
Al Fresco Fridays Concert Series-Vineland, NJ
Amnesty International Concert Events-Ocean City, NJ
Amnesty International Concert Events-Somers Point, NJ
Art, Antiques and Music Festival-Millville, NJ
Arts In The Park Festival-Burlington, NJ
Atlantic City Jazz and Blues Festival-Atlantic City, NJ
Autumn Lake Winery-Wlliamstown, NJ
The Auction House Concert Series-Audubon, NJ
Balic Winery Wine and Music Festival-Mays Landing, NJ
Bellview Winery JazzFest-Landisville, NJ
Burlington County Agricultural Center Music Series-Burlington, NJ
Burlington County First Night-Mout Holly, NJ
Cafe Improv Performance Showcase- Princeton, NJ
Celina's Mulberry Cafe-Pomona, NJ
Concerts@The Plaza-Millville, NJ
Concerts@The Promanade-Sagemore Plaza-Marlton, NJ
Concerts@The Gazebo-Millville, NJ
Concerts@Village On High-Millville, NJ
Cumberland County College Jazz Festival(2004 and 2006)-Vineland, NJ
The New Dodges Market - Elmer, NJ
Fest DeVaul - Ocean View, NJ
Four (4) Sisters Winery Music Festival-Belvidere, NJ
Gloucester County College Art Exhibit and Concert-Sewell, NJ
Hopewell Valley Vineyards-Pennington, NJ
Human Village Brewing Company-Pitman, NJ
International Festival-Vineland, NJ
Long Beach Island Arts and Science Foundation Concert Series-Long Beach Island, NJ
Margate Performing Arts Center-Margate, NJ
Medford Art, Music and Wine Festival-Medford, NJ
Medford Lakes Street Market Music Series-Medford Lakes, NJ
MongoFest-Penns Grove, NJ
Nauti Spirits-Cape May, NJ
2nd Satrurday Events-Mullica Hill, NJ
Multicultural and Arts Festival-Burlington, NJ
Nickelby's-Sea Isle City (Townsend Inlet Section), NJ
Salem Road House Cafe Concert Series-Union, NJ
Sushi Lover-Vineland, NJ
South Jersey Pumpkin Festival-Millville, NJ
South Jersey Home Expo Music Festival-Buena, NJ
The Paul Robeson Center For the Arts-Solley Theater-Princeton, NJ
The Rivers Edge Music Festival-Lambertville, NJ
The TAG Festival, Trenton, NJ
BAM Cafe-Mays Landing, NJ
The Bayou Cafe-Freehold, NJ
The Beanwood Cafe-Bordentown, NJ
The Bistro On Broad-Elmer, NJ
The Blue Plate-Mullica Hill, NJ
The Book Asylum-Blackwood, NJ
Bogarts Books and Cafe-Millville, NJ
Borders Books and Music Cafe, Mays Landing, NJ
Brenner's Brew and Art House-Bridgeton, NJ
Buckalews Restaurant-Beach Haven, NJ
Langosta Lounge-Asbury Park, NJ
Lou Ferretti's Mori's on Landis-Vineland, NJ
Malelani Cafe, Ventnor, NJ
The Cafe@Larry's II Restaurant-Vineland, NJ
The Enlightened Cafe-Ventnor, NJ
The Mad Batter-Cape May, NJ
The Madison House (Private Event)-Riverside, NJ
The New Brunsick Jazz Series-New Brunswick, NJ
The Sweet Life Bakery and Cafe-Vineland, NJ
The Tomato On Main - Mullica Hill, NJ
The Treehouse Cafe-Audubon, NJ
Vegans Are Us-Vineland, NJ
The Viet Bistro-Vineland, NJ
The Wildflower Vegan Cafe-Millville, NJ
WCFA Radio-Cape May, NJ

(w/Catherine Marie Charlton, Ruth Wyand, Juniper Trio and J. Jody
Janetta freelance work).

The World Cafe-Philadelphia, PA (w/Catherine Marie Charlton-piano)
The Metropolitan Room-New York, NY (w/Catherine Marie Charlton-piano)
Firehouse Performance Space-Brooklyn, NY (w/Catherine Marie Charlton-piano)
Delaware Museum Of Art-Wilmington, DE (w/Catherine Marie Charlton-piano)
The Grand Opera House-Wilmington, DE (w/Catherine Marie Charlton-piano)
Unitarian Universalist Church-Newark,DE (w/Catherine Marie Charlton-piano)
The Quaker Meeting House-Kennett Square. PA (w/Catherine Marie Charlton-piano)
Longwood Gardens-Longwood, PA. (w/Catherine Marie Charlton-piano)
The Maryland Theatre-Hagerstown, MD. (w/Catherine Marie Charlton-piano)
Margate Performing Arts Center-Margate, NJ. (w/Catherine Marie Charlton-piano )
Princeton Performing Arts Center-Princeton, NJ (w/Catherine Marie Charlton-piano)
Cafe Improv-Princeton, NJ. (w/Catherine Marie Charlton-piano)
Dante Hall-Atlantic City, NJ. (w/Ruth Wyand-singer/songwriter/guitarist )
Concerts on the Beach-Ventnor, NJ. (w/Ruth Wyand-singer/songwriter/guitarist )
Chamber of Commerce Concerts in the Park-Millville, NJ (w/Ruth Wyand-singer/songwriter)
Bellview Winery Jazzfest, Landisville, NJ. (Juniper Trio)
Evolutions For Conscious Living, Vineland, NJ. (J. Jody Janetta Trio)

Jempi Samyn-Jazz Radio Host/Jazz Journelist
Brussels, Belgium...jempi.samyn@link.be

Marianne Lods...Director of Events-The Arts District of
Millville, NJ
(856) 293-0556

Mike Cagno...Director of The Noyes Museum
Oceanville, NJ and Hammonton, NJ
(609) 652-8848


Frank Haas (music mentor), Jan Garbarek, Paul Motian, Gunter Sommer, Jarle Vespestad, Joost Lijbaart, Armand Halburian, Han Bennink, Jack DeJohnette, Jon Christensen, John Densmore, Jakob Bro, Ginger Baker, Rakalam Bob Moses, Edward Vesala, Charlie Haden, Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, Fritz Hauser, Pierre Fauvre, Esbjorn Svensson Trio, Don Cherry, Bill Frisell, Tord Gustavsen, George Crumb, Edgar Varese, Barber, Talis, John Cage, Keith Jarrett, Claude Debussy, Palle Daniellson, Eberhard Weber, Berlioz, John Coltrane, Arild Anderson, BoBo Stenson, Jaco Pastorious, Tom Waits, the Beatles, Cream, Nana Vasconsellos, Colin Walcott, Oregon, Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon, Trilok Gurtu, Zakir Hussain, Ravi Shankar, Frank Zappa, G-Love, the Subdudes, Jimi Hendrix, the Band, Stan Kenton, Arvo Part, Gregorian Chant, Plain Chant, Satie, Scriabin, Grieg, Hildegard von Bingen, Radiohead, all the artist's on Manfred Eicher's ECM label and the list goes on and on…,


1.“Adelante” debut CD of the Jazz Improvisational/World music ensemble.

2.“Adelante @ The Cathedral” as yet to be released live performance

3.“Catherine Marie Charlton Live at The Delaware Art Museum”…Pianist Catherine Marie Charlton.

4.“Full Moon on Water”…“Milieu” Contemporary Jazz Trio w/bassist-leader R.C. Smith and saxophonist Dan Osterweil.

5.“The Tony Mascara Jr.Trio”…as yet unreleased trio date with Tony Mascara Jr.-drums, Buddy Leonetti-Clarinet/Saxophones and J. Jody Janetta-
Double Bass.

6.“The Roberto Reggio Trio”… “The Poets Dream”… Presently unreleased trio date.

7.“Distant Drums”…Ruth Wyands-Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist

8.“Music From Inside the Lighthouse”…Geno White-Guitarist/Composer

9.“The Ox Paintings”…3Peace-Modern Jazz Trio…Release Pending.

10.“A Winters Tale”…William Monson-Drummer/Composer

11.“The Shamans Journey”…Elliot Diamond-Percussionist/Composer

12.“We Will Not Pass This Way Again”…William Monson-Drummer/Composer

13.“Time Arrangers”…Paul “Woz” Woznicki

14.“Tell Me a Story of Deep Delight”…Will Monson-Drummer/Composer

15.“The Undershore”………..…Catherine Marie Charlton-Pianist/Composer

16.“Ruth Wyand Live at Dante Hall”(DVD)…Live Performance on 2/27/05 Guitarist-Singer/Songwriter Ruth Wyand

17.“Live at Dante Hall”-Ruth Wyand…Live CD from 2/27/05

18.“November Odes” …Will Monson-Drummer/Composer

19.“Paul Woz Woznicki Quartet”@CCC JazzFest

20.“Adelante”@CCC JazzFest

21.”Milieu”@CCC Jazzfest

22.”Will Monson Trio@CCC JazzFest

23.”Catherine Marie Charlton Trio”@CCC JazzFest

24. "Will Monson Trio"...“To The Muses” CD

25. Catherine Marie Charlton/J. Jody Janetta and Elliott Levin

26.“The Oracle”…Adelante w/J. Jody Janetta, Paul “Woz” Woznicki and Tony Mascara Jr. …Available only at live performances.

27.“Socrates Eyes”…Adelante w/J. Jody Janetta, Paul “Woz” Woznicki and Anthony Vega. …Available only at live performances.

28."Breathe"...Adelante w/J. Jody Janetta, Paul "Woz" Woznicki and Stephen Testa. .Available only at live performances.

29. “Breath Again”…Adelante w/J. Jody Janetta, Jack Jesiolowski-guitar and Stephen Testa-bass. Available only at live

30. “Maidens Voyage”…Catherine Marie Charlton wJ. Jody Janetta-drums/percussion, Steve Meashey-double bass, Barry Green-double bass, Jeff
Oster-flugel horn and Elliott Levin-tenor sax/flute


"Jazz wasn't born in any specific location or the exclusive domain of any one group of people...it's is a force of nature that seeks out kindred spirits!"
J. Jody Janetta-Copyright 2/12/2013
All Rights Reserved and Applicable Laws Apply


Musician Profile: J. Jody Janetta, MA


Jody has been a professional musician and educator for over 45 years. His musical experiences run the gamut from Jazz to World, Pop, Experimental, Improvisational Music of all types, Contemporary Classical, Studio Work and Electronics. Much of Jody’s performing revolves around his first loves: Jazz and Free Improvisation. Jody performs on Drumset and Hand Percussion/Drums, Bass(Acoustic and Electric), Vibes/Marimba and Piano. Jody endorses Dream Cymbals-Gongs and TreeWorks Chimes.


Jody’s present musical projects include his trio "Adelante" that focuses on creative interpretations of jazz standards, the great american songbook, pop tunes, original compositions and the music of Paul Motian. "In The Moment" which focuses on collective improvisation and "Oracle" with a focus on collective improvisation, world music, ambient/trance and original compositions.


In the past Jody has worked with: pianist/composer Catherine Marie Charlton, Paul Jost-vocalist, Andy Lalasis-bass, Alan Cassett-guitarist/composer(TV’s 90210), saxophonist William Janssen(Adrian Belew), Colorado/Florida guitarist Jeff Miller, world renowned Philadelphia saxophonist Elliott Levin, guitarist Geno White, the jazz trio “Koan”, 3Peace contemporary jazz trio, bassist Paul Wilezol’s jazz trio, “Fritz” a contemporary fusion group with 2 bassists, 2 drummers, a percussionist and guitar player, Musiclective Creative Music Ensemble, Group Motion’s Friday Nite Inprovisational Dance/Movement Workshop, The Nubian Percussion and Dance Ensemble(under the direction of master percussionist Bill “Sonny” Perren), “Maveja” contemporary percussion ensemble w/Tony Mascara Jr., Will Monson and Anthony Vega, “Equinox” jazz/world music group, Solstice World Music Ensemble, The Improvisational Arts Ensemble(multi-media group w/dancers, musicians and painters), “Invasion of Time”, My Louise” an acoustic contemporary folk-trio and “Skinwalker” folk/world music trio, Paul “Woz” Woznicki’s trio and world music/tribal belly dance ensemble, with “The Will Monson Trio” a modern jazz trio, “The Juniper Trio” a contemporary jazz trio, “4Peace, Explorations In Time and Space” and “Lights Edge” a duo w/guitarist Paul Mimlitsch, Drumming/Percussion/Bass/Composing for Modern Dancer/Choreographer “Leslianna Federici”. Jody has also performed with singer/songwriter/guitarist Ruth Wyand, Dark Hollow and bassist/baritone guitarist Steve Testa, “Milieu” a contemporary jazz trio. Jody has also worked and studied with pianist/composer/artist/writer G. Frank Haas.
More recent past collaborations include “Casting Shadows” w/saxophonist Danny Osterweil and bassist Dave Tracey. The Jazz Duo of Danny Osterweil-saxes and J. Jody Janetta-bass and Guitarist Matthew LoRe's "Trillium" with bassist Stephen Testa...as well as “Hikari” a new age/world music trio w/Hikari Tenshi-shakuhachi and Lori Benton-Janetta on vocals/spoken word.