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Grice, Janet (Amelia)

Grice, Janet (Amelia), bassoonist; b. Marlboro, MA, 2 October 1955. Her parents are Frank Grice (1927, Massachusetts) and Emily Cookingham (1930, NY state). Janet was oldest of three: sister Nancy Erving, artist, (1957) of Massachusetts and Andrew Grice, (1962-1985-deceased). Janet grew up in Massachusetts, mostly Plympton. Began clarinet at age 9, bassoon at age 13, guitar and recorder in High School. Began playing jazz in HS.

She went to the University of Oregon as a Music major 1974-75. She graduated from the New England Conservatory of Music, BM, Performance 1978. She graduated from New York University, MM, Jazz Composition 1985. She studied at the Mason Gross School of the Arts / Rutgers University from 2001, earning a DMA in 2005. Her principal bassoon teachers were Brian Kershner, Stephen Maxym, Noel Devos (Brazil), Mathew Ruggierio (BSO/Tanglewood), Peter Berquist, Andrew Schwartz, and David Green. Her principal jazz teachers were Ran Blake, Jim McNeely, George Coleman, Tom McKinley, Charles Banacos, Warne Marsh.

She taught at NYU and Rutgers while earning her degrees, and has since taught at Westchester Community College (2002 & '03), and at Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ in the summers of 1996 - '99. She has taught children through Arts Horizons, NJ ( 1997 - 2001) and the Chinatown Music Project 1988 - '89, and in public schools through programs run by Carnegie Hall (1994 -2003) and Lincoln Center Institute (1988 - present). She taught at the Masters School, Dobbs Ferry, NY 1997 - '98, at the Hackley School, Tarrytown, NY in 2003-5 and at the Rivertowns Arts Council Music Program, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY 1999 - present.

She has performed as a leader since 1981, performing original and Brazilian jazz and has also worked as a sideperson in various groups. Armen Donelian has worked with her in a number of contsxts. She has played classical music in the Rutgers University Orchestra, Brooklyn Philharmonic, Queens Philharmonic, and other groups.

She has been married to John F. Lloyd (b. 1956) since 1989. They have two sons, Travis Grice Lloyd, born 1/2/91, and Skyler Andrew Lloyd, born 5/19/93; both were born in Westchester County, NY.

Song for Andy (1986); The Muse (1989); Dream Travels (2002);
As a sideperson:
Karl Berger Woodstock Workshop Orchestra (1979); Optimism Sampler Vol. 3 (1989); Butch Morris: Conductions (1989), Dust to Dust (1991); Leroy Jenkins: Themes and Improvisations on the Blues (1992); Axiom Funk: Funkcronomicon (1992); Bernie Worell: The Other Side (1993);
John Lurie: African Swim (1997); Goldn' Teasdale: A Little Deedop (2002); Larry Chernicoff Ensemble (2003); Classical Music: Music Minus One Solos for Bassoon (1996);Festival of Microtonal Music: Compositions of Johnny Reinhardt, Music of John Catler and Alyssa Rivers' Vision (1999); STX Ensemble Music of Xenakis (1999); Stephen Roane: Wind in The Wood (2000)

Radio broadcasts:
Original solo for IPI/NPR radio "In The Public Interest", 1983.
Radio: WNYC and WKCR (NYC) 1996, WGBH (Boston) 1982.

Television broadcasts:
TVE Bahia (Brazil) 2000
Cable: Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN) 1999
Soundtrack of Man Called Hawk, composed by Butch Morris
Jingles by composers including Mark Black, Frank London, Richard Eisenstein, Butch Morris and Peter Golub.

Works by Grice:
International Double Reed Society Journal, 2004
Per Musi - published by the Minas Gerais Federal University, Brazil, 2004.
Original Music:
Published by BMI/Grice Music
Equal Times, Boston, 1982.
Works about Grice:
The Gazette, 2003, Thomas Staudter
Cadence, 2001, Frank Rubino.
Correio Da Bahia, Brazil, 2000, Leandro Colling.
Rivertowns Enterprise, 1998 and 2001.
The Double Reed, 1992, Ron Klimko.
Jazziz, 1988, Mark Holston.
Der Bund, Bern Switzerland, 1989.
Berner Woche, Switzerland, Fred Wertz, 1989.
Equal Time, 1983
Boston Globe, 1981, Ernie Santosuosso, Michael Ullman.

FULBRIGHT FELLOWSHIP - Research in Brazil 1985 - '86. Studied popular instrumental music - choro, frevo, jazz - and bassoon music by Brazilian composers in Rio de Janeiro, Salvador and Recife.
NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS Jazz Fellowship Performance Grants (2) 1988 & 1996 Jazz Study Fellowship Grants (3) 1980, '82, '84
ARTS INTERNATIONAL Performance at Aldstadtsommer Festival in Bern, Switzerland 1989, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - Youth Concert at Carlos Gomes Theater 2000
ARTS ALIVE - Westchester Arts Council 1998 - 2003, Concerts libraries and arts centers, Westchester County, NY
MEET THE COMPOSER FUND 1996 - 2003, Performance/lectures of original jazz, NYSCA - Special Opportunity Stipends, Garrison Arts Center, NY 2000 Travel to IDRS Conference in Buenos Aires

Contact information:
Website: www.Gricemusic.com
Address: 96 Ridge Road, Ardsley, NY 10502
Tel. 914-693-0892

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