A native Washingtonian, Janelle Gill began her musical path at the age of 5 when, aspiring to a career as a concert pianist, she began taking piano lessons based on the popular Suzuki method of piano instruction. As a middle school student, Janelle was introduced to jazz by Delfeayo Marsalis during a workshop he performed at her school. She continued her studies at the famed Duke Ellington School of the Arts under the guidance of saxophonist Davey Yarborough and Howard University under the tutelage of Dr. Raymond Jackson and Charles Covington.
Janelle has performed with Oliver Lake, The Blackbyrds, Delfeayo Marsalis, David Murray and many local artists such as Marshall Keys, Kenny Rittenhouse, Nasar Abadey and Will Smith. She can be heard on recordings by Kenny Rittenhouse, Mauro Marcondes, Kris Funn and Will Smith; with the promise of more recordings as her career continues to blossom. Currently Janelle teaches piano and is working on writing and preparing music for her debut recording.