About Jarrod Champion
Jarrod Champion is a self-taught pianist, vocalist, organist, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter/composer, producer and recording engineer. Born in a suburb east of Detroit, Michigan, he's the son of two working class parents, both trained pianists.
Originally based in rock and roll, Jarrod eventually spread out into the prominent jazz, blues and traditional country/folk circuits found in and around Detroit. He has come to identify in large part with early New Orleans jazz, blues and soul music while retaining the smokey, bar-room romanticism he's become known for.
He is and has been a member of numerous musical groups in the Detroit area and has toured both nationally and internationally in his career.
Jarrod is an active live and studio session musician and has written music for stage plays, film and video productions. He has written vast amounts of original instrumental and vocal based music out of his home studio, writes, performs and records original music under various names, fronts his own ensembles across many various genres, and can be found in top live music establishments and recording studios in and around the city of Detroit and beyond.
Citing influences such as Tom Waits, Dr. John, Billie Holiday, Nat "King" Cole, Oscar Peterson, Thelonious Monk, Juan Esquivel, Professor Longhair, Jay MacShann, Fats Domino, Frank Sinatra, James Booker, Hank Williams, Otis Redding, The Beatles and plenty of others, Jarrod's musical reach is broad and his repertoire varied. He draws from players spanning all time periods and genres.
Jarrod Champion can often be found performing as a solo pianist, a solo pianist/vocalist, or as the bandleader of an ensemble of various size and musical subject. Spreading himself most typically across the regions of traditional jazz, swing, traditional blues, jump blues, classic soul, early rock 'n' roll, classic rock and pop and the music of New Orleans, Jarrod takes the stage regularly with bands ranging from two to eight pieces.