David Janeway

David Janeway

Musicians | Instrument: Piano | Location: New York City

The foundation of modern jazz, the piano trio, is well served on his recent release. David Janeway shows a wide swath of talent and accessible bop styles.

—George W. Harris, Jazz Weekly

Updated: November 18, 2023

Born: June 4

DAVID JANEWAY was born in Rochester, New York. He began studying classical piano at the age of six after moving to Detroit in 1960. Early influences included Harold McKinney, Marcus Belgrave, Bill Evans and Denny Zeitlin. After moving to New York City in 1978, Janeway studied with the late Albert Dailey for two years.

During this time he worked and recorded with Angel Canales and Orchestra Sabor and other Latin/Jazz artists such as Art Farmer, The Supremes, Michal Urbaniak, Spanky Wilson, David "Fathead" Newman, Jr. Cook, Sonny Fortune, Billy Hart, Tom Harrell, Danny Gottlieb, Louis Smith, Dakota Staton, Valery Ponomarev, Benny Golson, Harvie S and others. 

He has performed at Mezzrow, Smalls, Jazz Forum, Zanzibar, Visiones, Zinc Bar, Deer Head Inn, Sonny's, Village Gate for the Salsa Meets Jazz series, J's, Sweet Basil, Sweet Rhythm, Cleopatra's Needle and other NYC clubs. Janeway performed at the NYC Salsa Festival at Madison Square Garden in 1980,  the Detroit Jazz Festival along with other festivals and clubs throughout the US and Europe.

Janeway has recorded three trio albums. His first, “Excursion,” released in 2004 features Harvie S and Steve Davis and is comprised of both standards and originals. His second trio CD, “Secret Passages,” features Frank Tate on bass and can be heard on the Music page.

Janeway created the Hastings Jazz Collective in 2008. Made up of friends/veteran NYC jazz musicians, Tim Armacost, Jay Azzolina, Harvie S and Ron Vincent, this working band is a composer’s workshop that represents the cutting edge of contemporary mainstream and latin/jazz. Their newly released CD, “Shadow Dances” (2019, New Direction Music), is available through Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby and youtube.

For the past several years Janeway can be heard with his current piano trio featuring Billy Hart and Cameron Brown and as a sideman with various artists. This trio released their first CD, “Distant Voices” on Steeplechase Records (SCCD 33145) 9/15/21. This third trio recording is a tribute to the many jazz pianists that have inspired and influenced Janeway throughout his career.

As well Janeway is a member of “Soartet”; a working collective created in 2020 with Eliot Zigmund, drums, Rick Savage, trumpet and David Kingsnorth, bass. Soartet.com. This band continues to perform at major venues in the greater NYC region including appearances at Smalls Jazz Club in NYC, Maureen’s Jazz Cellar in Nyack, NY and the Jazz Forum in Tarrytown, NY.


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A skilled composer and pianist capable of creating music that is imaginative, sensitive, and often exciting." —David Franklin, Cadence "...welcome your ears to David Janeway. You'll enjoy this new recording talent." — Sid Gribetz, WKCR, Jazz Times "This is pleasant contemporary jazz that is easy to enjoy." —Michael Nastos, The Ann Arbor News

2021 Reviews of Distant Voices CD:

"This is an excellent recording, and the more you listen, the more compelling the music becomes. This could easily be one of the Top Ten Jazz CD's of 2021, and maybe one for the ages." -Michael Nastos, Hot House, WCBN, Ann Arbor, MI

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