BERKANA

BERKANA

BandJazzJam

The Nat Janoff Group is an instrumental jazz fusion trio led by guitarist, Nat Janoff. Features original contemporary jazz compositions played by three high energy dynamic players.

Biography

Jersey boy and jazz fusion guitarist NAT JANOFF, has independently recorded and released two other CD's in addition to the one with his current group, Berkana. Mr. Janoff made an explosive debut with his first album, "Looking Through" teaming up with bassist Matt Garrison (John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock) and drum phenom Gene Lake (Meshell Ndege Ocello, Screaming Headless Torsos.) Mr. Janoff's sophmore release took him in a completely different sonic direction with a live acoustic guitar duo recording entitled, "Nat Janoff & Jake Schwartz-Live." This CD is reminiscent of McLaughlin, DeLucia and Di Meolas "Friday Night in San Francisco" album and it smokes just as hard! Currently with BERKANA, Mr. Janoff continues to deliver what his fans are looking for: no holds barred guitar-driven jazz fusion!
In addition to recording and performing, Nat Janoff teaches private guitar lessons and is currently working on a guitar method book.

RAVE TESAR Founding member of jazz/fusion group, Avenues, Rave Tesar may be best known for his performances with Annie Haslam's Renaissance. A prolific composer, Mr. Tesar has licenced his work to many commercial applications. He has performed and contributed to the ongoing PBS series, "Exploring the World of Music." A resident of New Jersey, Mr. Tesar is the owner of Studio X Recording Studio. A multi-talented keyboardist whose career has spanned many years and styles of music, Rave is currently focusing on the jazz funk/fusion trio, Berkana.

RAY LeVIER In addition to being a member of Berkana, Ray LeVier is the featured drummer of the KJ Denhert Band, a NYC based urban folk/jazz group that has been a staple of NYC's 55 Bar's performance roster. Mr. LeVier has performed with jazz guitarists Mike Stern, Wayne Krantz, Alex Skolnick and fusion violinist Joe Deninzon. Residing in Nyack, NY, Ray teaches private lessons when he's not performing.

Discography

The Nat Janoff Group "Looking Through"

Set List

The list below illustrates a typical set list. Each set lasts approximately 1 hour to 1 hr, 15 minutes. Usually play 2 to 3 sets with 20 minute breaks. Majority of songs are originals by the band. Covers are few and far between

1. Whack
2. Looking Through
3. Horizon
4. Behind Closed Doors
5. Spiral
6. Helium
7. Orange
8. Room With a View
9. Home
10. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy (© Joe Zawinul)