Janice Borla

"Genius. Pure genius.”
- JazzTimes

“Another fine effort from a singer who seems to do everything right.”
- JazzWeek

“A stunning singer with a lustrous voice and the technique, imagination and daring of the best improvising instrumentalists.”
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“…Reaches from imaginative scat singing to surprisingly soft-toned lyrical passages…with the craft and imagination of an inventive vocal artist.”
- Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times

“Exquisite voice…a passionate, excellently trained multi-range vocal improviser…"
- Sounds of Timeless Jazz

Janice Borla’s latest (fourth) CD release, “From Every Angle,” (Blujazz, 2006) is now available and has been named among the "Best CDs of 2007" by DownBeat Magazine (Jan 08)

Janice Borla's third CD release, "Agents of Change," (Blujazz, 2003) is truly a jazz lovers album. Janice approaches jazz compositions as an accomplished vocal instrumentalist, soloing through modern jazz compositions written by such artists as Joe Henderson, Joe Lovano, and Bill Evans, among others. Featuring a virtual "who's who" of Midwest artists, this album is currently receiving wide national airplay.

A native Chicagoan, Janice Borla has a rich history of recording and performing, as well as as a lyricist and educator. Chuck Berg of Jazz Times describes her as "...a 'singer's singer' possessing an abundance of technique and a genuine jazz feel." Downbeat Magazine asked Janice to prepare a transcription and analysis of one of her improvised solos for the "Woodshed" column, making hers the first vocal transcription and the first transcription written by a woman to appear in the magazine. Janice's original lyrics to the Bill Evans classic, "Five" have been included in the Bill Evans Fake Book, published by TRO Ludlow Music.

Janice has performed with Clark Terry, Bunky Green, Charlie Haden, Bobby Shew, Terry Gibbs, Steve Rodby, John Campbell, Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Judy Niemack, Karrin Allyson, Kitty Margolis, Judi Silvano, Janet Lawson, Floyd Standifer, Willie Pickens among many others.

She is the founder and director of the Janice Borla Vocal Jazz Camp and Concert Series, which in 2008 celebrates its twentieth anniversary. The camp has featured an outstanding artist faculty of innovative jazz vocalists, including Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, Judy Niemack, Janet Lawson, Kitty Margolis, Karrin Allyson, Rosanna Vitro, Judi Silvano and Suzanne Pittson.