Enchanting and sensitive pianist / composer / vocalist is a talent to be heard. Her warm, smoky, naivety in sexy vocals – judiciously interspersed between piano solos – beguile the listener.
PRIOR TO VANCOUVER
Born in Chicago, graduated De Paul University, with a Bachelor of Music. Toured as the featured keyboardist with the Lloyd Lindroth Show at the Sahara and Harrah’s in Las Vegas, Reno and Tahoe plus on a double bill with Antonio Carlos Jobim in San Francisco. After a year on tour Jaré performed with an all-girl trio with her sister, Angie Jaree, Grammy recipient, in the downstairs show lounge of the Palmer House where they would rush on their breaks to see Diana Ross & The Supremes at the renowned Emerald Room upstairs at the Palmer House, Chicago.
HIGHLIGHTS ON THE VANCOUVER LOCAL SCENE - THE BEGINNING OF FJQ
Fran Jaré Trio performance at the Pender Harbor Jazz Festival
A sold out concert at the former Cellar Jazz Club (now Frankies) exhibited her talent on B3 Organ reminiscent of Jimmy Smith and Shirley Scott, a tribute to Oliver Nelson with Chris Davis and Dave Say.
Several years ago, she established the band, Soultrax, a vibrant synthesis of R&B, Pop, Rock, Reggae exhilaration, “Sinful soul to sizzling solos”– with local world-class musicians. Featured at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival in Granville Island. With a special video introduction on CBC television of the band. Additionally, see Fran’s portion of live video footage taken at the Starlight Casino.
Fran Jaré Trio concerts at: West Vancouver Memorial Library, Roedde House Museum, Vancouver, Probus Club, North & West Vancouver
Soultrax Sextet, Silk Purse, Jazz Waves concert series with Olaf De Shield, guitarist/vocalist with return engagements.
Bem Bem Beo, spicy Brazilian, Afro-Cuban, Classic Choro at the Silk Purse, Jazz Waves concert series with Tom Keenlyside, Juno Award artist, Nick Apivor, Al Johnston.
AS AN EDUCATOR
Taught K through Grade 7 part-time Music at St. Francis of Assisi School, Vancouver. Also, part-time music for St. Johns School, Vancouver.
Held Vocal Jazz sessions with performances for small groups in her studio where she also taught piano.
Raised two children; her daughter, Brandi Disterheft, is a Juno recipient and a Juno nomination in ’21 for Best Jazz Album. Her son is self-employed in the movie industry, an individual stock trader, and the resident DJ for the Magic Charm boat events.
NEW CD RELEASE - 2018
A live interview on CBC to kick off the debut CD, Copy Cat Coo Coo with a concert of CD repertoire at the Silk Purse that night (West Vancouver Council for the Arts.)
Bonus Track #9, Step Right UP recorded live on CBC “Hot Air” with an interview. Soultrax appeared after that at Frankies Jazz Club, with frequent return engagements by popular demand. See Quotes: Whole Note for a short review of CD.
“ Lovers of R&B and especially jazz will want to invest some quality time in Fran Jare's very appealing offering "Copy Cat Coo Coo". The music alone is reason to listen, but check out the interplay on several tracks with superstar bassist Brandi Disterheft - Jare's daughter. The apple falling not far from the tree comes immediately to mind! ”
Mark Rheaume's mini-review for CBC distro
“ Fran Jaré wears a number of hats on her new recording – Copy Cat Coo Coo, producer, pianist, organist, composer and vocalist. Having made strong inroads into the genres of R&B, pop and rock Jaré has journeyed back into jazz with some very (dare I say it?) groovy results. The well-chosen material is primarily a mash-up of Jaré’s original compositions, written over a period of time and culled from previous recordings, …incarnations of the Fran Jaré Trio/Quartet/Quintet. Jaré’s smokey vocal sound brings to mind Joe Stafford and Julie London in perfect synthesis with Jaré’s own sensual, unique, film noir-infused voice. Her charming scat singing is not only completely musical, but delivered with joy and accuracy. A fine recording! ”
Lesley Mitchell-Clarke – The Whole Note, Published: 29 August 2017