Jarrod is also an active live and studio session musician and has written music for stage plays, films and video productions. He also writes and performs his own original music under his own name releasing one full length album and two e.p.'s. In addition, Jarrod also fronts his own jazz and blues ensembles as well as a New Orleans style jazz, blues and swing group performing under the name Jarrod Champion and the Sunny Side Street Band.
Jarrod has toured extensively across the U.S. and Europe performing at numerous festivals including South by Southwest and The Sasquatch Festival and in such classic venues as The Ryman Auditorium, The Hammerstein Ballroom and Red Rocks Amphitheater. He is currently a house pianist at some of Detroit's finest establishments and can be found playing a wide variety of music in a town near you.
Lament (original composition)
Underground Hero (original composition)
Nobody Knows You (When You're Down and Out)
JC and the Royal Keys - "(Every Time I Hear) That Mellow Saxophone"
Wee Small Hours (video by: Victor Pytko)
WDET (Detroit NPR) Says...
- WDET's Travis Wright
Metroit Times Detroit says...
"...ivory tickler Jarrod Champion and his Sleeps Till Dusk entourage of notable Detroit musicians play songs that move like lullabies for the 18-and-older crowd. At turns melancholy, hopeful, haunting and beautiful, Champion's quasi-jazz and -blues piano, dusky vocals and his band's pop-oriented instrumentation create a sound that is both smart and soothing, compelling and convincing. "
Megan O'Neil, The Metro Times
Real Detroit Weekly says...
Jeff Milo, Real Detroit Weekly
Jake Nuckolls, cdreviews.com
Art Michalski, Detroit Buzz