|Jett was born in Bentonville, Arkansas and grew up near there on a ranch. He often refers to himself as an "Ozark Mountain Hillbilly" with a penchant for training horses, and to authenticate his heritage he will be more than happy to tell you about his grandfather who was incarcerated during the 1930s for making moonshine. He gives guided horseback tours in Yellowstone National Park and has photographed the Park extensively. However, this tends to obscure the fact that he holds degrees in both music and German, including a doctorate in music composition. His teachers have included Miles Osland, Joseph Baber, Ted Hansen, and Carolyn Hickson. His works include Yellowstone for Violin and Orchestra, Doe-eyed, and Prelude to Good-bye.