BLUE GRASS FIDDLING WEEKEND WORKSHOP | COACH JANA JAE OWENS
This is going to be a superb workshop with the vibrant coach Jana Jae Owens.
Jana Jae has been called the "First Lady of Country Fiddle." Like most entertainers who have reached stardom, Jana Jae’s success is the result of hard work perfecting raw talent. Musical talent runs through her family. Her parents studied at the famed Juilliard School of Music, New York City and Jana was introduced to the classical study of the violin on a 1/8 sized instrument at the age of two. Thanks to the direction and inspiration of her grandfather, an accomplished champion fiddler in his own right, Jana also learned to love playing by ear. She virtually grew up jamming with and learning from some of the best in the business while living in western Idaho, not far from Weiser, the site of the National Oldtime Fiddle Contest. Soon she had honed in her skill of fiddling into a fine art and won the Ladies National Championship several times.
She continued her classical training, winning scholarships to Interlochen and the International String Congress. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in music and studied abroad at the Vienna Academy of Music.
After teaching music for several years, she felt inspired to take her unique blend of music on the road. Jana and her trademark blue fiddle, soon took the world of country music by storm. She got her big break at a Buck Owens concert in Redding, California when she was invited to take the stage and play “Orange Blossom Special.” Buck was one of the first “big names” to recognize her talents and he offered her a job as the first female member of his “Buckaroos” band. She later became part of the regular team on the “Hee Haw” show. She has appeared with such country music greats as Chet Atkins, Roy Clark, Ray Stevens, The Oakridge Boys, Mel Tillis, Ricky Skaggs and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.
Jana built a solid career drawing upon her diverse musical background. Her one -of - a kind style blends country fiddling ,western swing, bluegrass, pop and the classics, producing thrilling performances and critical acclaim.
She has consistently proved her ability to cross over into other genres and has earned a large international reputation, performing at the Montreaux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Wembley Festival in the UK as well as the New Orleans Jazz Festival. She has toured Japan, The Philippines, Australia, Africa, Brazil and continues to perform abroad. A powerful whirlwind on stage, herpure clear voice, showmanship, down-home friendly sense of humor and natural communication with any audience combine for a dynamite concert. Her special talents have enriched us all in the world of music.
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