Jane Hartman Irwin is a pianist, composer and vocalist with the Jane Hartman Trio and the Riverboat 5+1 Dixieland band. She is a multiple winner of the Illinois Times “Best Musician” award and also owns the Springfield Mayor’s Award, Individual Artist category, in 1998. She has performed with and/or for numerous celebrities, including Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Juliet Prowse, John Pizzarelli, Bill Moore, Jeremy Davenport, the Chi-Lites, the Coasters, the Platters, the Springfield All-Star Band and Tennessee Ernie Ford.
The Jane Hartman Trio has performed on two tours in Japan as ambassadors for Springfield, Illinois’ sister city in Ashikaga City, Japan. The JHT performs 150-200 events per year and was featured in a WSEC video “North of New Orleans” that was played locally after Ken Burn’s “History of Jazz.” Jane also hosted “Jazzfield,” a public television show which featured local jazz artists during the 1980s.
Jane is also affiliated with the Fleming Academy of Springfield, Illinois. She has toured as a guest soloist and an accompanist with the Suzuki violin academy in England, performing for USA armed forces in 2002 and in Venice, Florence and Rome, Italy, culminating in a performance at Vatican City in April 2005. Jane performed a private performance with the Symphony Orchestra of Malta in Aix-en-Provence, France in August 2005. Guest soloist with the Illinois Symphony in February, 2001. she performed George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” Her orchestral composition “Twinkle,” was debuted by the Illinois Symphony in December 2000. She composed Lincoln Land Community College’s Alma Mater “Lincoln Land” in April 2002. She is the wife of Senior Pastor Richard Kent Irwin at First Christian Church in Springfield, Illinois, where she directs “The Grateful Bread Band,” a jazz praise band.
She is the oldest of nine children and has three stepchildren. A sought after teacher, Jane is professor of music at Lincoln Land Community College, where she has taught since 1984. She teaches music theory classes and directs the Lincoln Land Community College Jazz Band. Jane was named “LLCC Faculty Woman of the Year” in 2005 and has twice been nominated for “The Pearson Master Teacher Award.” She holds a master’s degree in classical piano performance from Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois, Springfield. Her 1995 self-produced CD, entitled “Jane Hartman,” became the best-selling jazz album for Webster Groves Records in St. Louis, Missouri. Since then Jane has produced and released three more CDs: “Just You Imagine”-1999, “Rediscovered Treasures”-2000, “Tidings of Comfort and Joy”-2004. She is specifically known for her tasteful inventive weaving of classical piano compositional elements with standard jazz repertoire.