Janet appeared with the Great Music at Five series in Provincetown and Opera By the Sea in Bradley Beach , NJ this summer. Earlier this past year, she sang at the artist reception for her mom, Marie Villas,
at the retrospective of her watercolors at Oakeside Bloomfield Cultural Center in Bloomfield, NJ. She also directed her third cabaret show for the Theater League of Clifton.
She sang at the Provincetown Celebration of life Concert.
You can shut off the music below to hear the video.
Janet has two recordings out. Janet's second CD CHRISTMAS CARD, combines her two favorite genres: Christmas music and jazz. She has sung for thousands during the Christmas season with cabaret shows,
school events and church solos. During the hottest weeks of July and August, Janet found some of the hottest jazz musicians in New York and created this very cool Christmas CD.
Janice Friedman - Musical director, arranger, piano
Brian Glassman - double bass,
Barbara Merjan - percussion,
Jessica Jones - flute, saxophone,
Cover photo by Gregg A. Martin,
Produced by Step One Productions, Linda Heard, executive producer
Recorded at Second Story Sound, NYC, Associate producer: Scott Lehrer
She won the Stonewall Society Pride in the Arts award for her first CD Something Wonderful. It is a recording of cabaret, jazz and show tunes based on her cabaret shows. It features Michael Tornick on Piano and Tony Soll on bass and guitar.
Here she is during the recording session of "Something Wonderful"in 2002.
They are both available at Apple iTunes, CD baby and just about all streaming music services.
Janet Villas had been a member of the NY City Opera chorus for 20 years. She was given the nickname "la Villas" by Greg Moore during a chorus job in 1984, to help Janet feel the inspiration of "La Callas", Maria Callas!
She's also sang lead roles with George Shirley in Transcendent Voices, and in Susanah and Suor Angelica. She is also an accomplished soloist in the classical repertoire.
She has sung many famous soprano solos at Christ Episcopal Church in Glen Ridge, NJ, including the Mozart Ave Verum, the Faure Pie Jesu, a spiritual of
Were You There, Handel's Messiah, the Mozart Laudate Domine and the Alleluia. In addition she has appeared as both the Soprano and Mezzo soloist in the Bach "Magnificat" with the Grace Choral Society.
As a cabaret singer, She has written and performed for many organizations.
She wrote and performed a tribute concert for Richard Rodgers' 100th birthday entitled, "Something Wonderful"
(interesting how the name matches the CD, huh?) at Oakeside Cultural Center in Bloomfield. Janet also performed a spring concert at Oakeside called "It might As Well be Spring".
She performed her third cabaret show "I Always Wanted to be A Fifth Dimension..." at Don't Tell Mama's in New York City in May, 2002.
She performed her solo cabaret act"...but not for me!" at Don't Tell Mama's, in 2000. Her first show "Always" was performed at the Ballroom in NYC and was seen throughout New Jersey.
She has also performed benefits for"The Names Project", "Hearts and Voices, "the Jewish Guild for the Blind" and "The Race for the Cure".
Janet has appeared at many community events singing her jazz standards. She was a soloist at the Stonewall Chorale's holiday concerts at Merkin Hall in New York.
She has appeared at the Rutgers University Student Center with Jim Jasion on piano. She also performed with Jim for the Third Riverbank Association, Trenton Q-night, GAAMC in Morristown, and at the Pride Center in New York.
She has sung both the Canadian and American National Anthems for the NY Mets. She made 21 appearances at Shea Stadium. She's also graced the New Jersey Jackals with the anthems.
In addition to baseball and softball, she has opened several NJ statewide celebrations with the anthem, especially the Garden State Equality Walk in Montclair, the Maplewood Domestic Partnership celebration and Jersey City Pride.
She performed the anthem for the Bloomfield Bicentenal Celebration, politicians,
parties, charity events and memorial services.
She's also sung the National Anthem at Continental Arena for The NJ Devils. You can see her singing between Randy McKay and Claude Lemieux (#22). Go Devils!
And here she is singing God Bless America on the dugout at Shea Stadium. Let's go Mets!
Here's Janet performing at the diva lounge in Montclair, NJ.
Janet was at the Holly Folly at the Fairbanks Inn in Provincetown, She appeared at The Fairbanks Inn with Karen Grenier and Suede.
She appeared with the Somerset Jazz Consortium.
Here's a picture with Jim Jasion, Bob Baylough and Andrew Lohse.
Other important things in her life:
Janet is a teacher at the Brooklyn Friends School. Here's Janet and her students on WNBC television with Janice Huff, a long time ago:
She was a triathlete, (she likes to put the "Try" back into "triathlete.") and is an ardent cyclist.
Janet will swim the "Swim for Life" in Provincetown for the 9th time this year. The 1.4 mile open water swim is a charity event benefitting people with AIDS and women with cancer.
She has completed the 130 mile Boston to Provincetown (in one day) bike ride three times. She has also completed the Harriman Park triathlon twice.
She has completed dozens of races in Central Park, eventually.
Here are Janet's links: You can buy her music at just about any online store.