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Interview:
Jane Getter makes the musical morph from jazz to rock
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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For most of her career Jane Getter has been known as a jazz artist, studying with John Scofield and working with Jack McDuff, Joe Lovano, Kenny Barron and others.

With her Jane Getter Premonition, however, she's made the turn to progressive rock -- still getting to show off her guitar chops but making more, and a different kind of noise.

"There was no real allure other than the fact that this is what I'm hearing and this is what I'm into right now," Getter says by phone from her home in the Bronx. "I've always been a writer who just kind of writes what I'm hearing without wanting to do a certain thing or wanting to be placed in a certain genre or anything. I write what I'm hearing and what I like and what I think sounds good.

"So this just comes from that."

Getter has certainly assembled an august crew for her Premonition. The album features her husband, keyboardist Adam Holzman, along with drummer Chad Wackerman and an assortment of guests, including Testament and Ozzy Osbourne shredder Alex Skolnick. Skolnick and Holzman are part of the touring Premonition as well, along with Stu Hamm on bass and John Mader on drums. And getter is confident that the Premonition path will still please many of those who jumped on her jazz bandwagon.

"I'm still approaching it from a jazz player's approach, in that improvisation is important and interplay with the band is important," she explains. "The soloing, scales and arpeggios, that kind of stuff, what I'm playing and the people I play with have a lot of that basis for what they do.

"That combined wtih the progressive rock stuff is the direction I'm heading in, and with all my other influences. But I do think the jazz is always there."

And Premonition is going to be here for awhile, if Getter has her way. She's to keep the band on the road into 2016, including a European trek, and she reports that "I already have most of the material for my next album already. So I hope it continues to build and we get more opportunities and more exposure and get to travel to lots of places and stuff like this. This is my main focus right now."

Jane Getter Premonition, Tiles and the Sean Baker Orchestra

Wednesday, Dec. 9. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The Token Lounge, 28949 Joy Road, Westland.

Tickets are $25 and $20.

Call 724-513-5030 or visit thetokenlounge.com.

Web Site: www.tokenlounge.com

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