Born in Miami, FL, Jarvis began his musical adventure playing piano in his home church at the age of 14. He studied music at Florida A&M University where he had the opportunities to meet and join the stage with the likes of Wynton Marsalis, Count Basie Orchestra, Marcus Roberts and other greats in jazz music. He has performed at numerous festivals including the Montreux Jazz Festival and North Sea Jazz festival both in Switzerland. After a few other tours, he settled in Orlando, FL to concentrate on producing and film scoring.