Though her induction into the blues and jazz world has been relatively recent, Jan Marie has already made a name for herself as a regular crowd-seducing chanteuse. She toured the East Coast in 2009 as a guest vocalist for Josh Fialkoff‘s J-Street band, then landed a regular guest vocalist spot in Shawn Hershey‘s Hot Sextet in late 2010. Only in January 2013, did Jan Marie finally start her own outfit, Jan Marie & The Mean Reds, who almost immediately after their inception landed spreads in both The Boston Globe and The Boston Phoenix.
The Mean Reds is a 5-piece band playing a variety of vintage and “new vintage” music, including swing, blues, jazz, gospel, r&b, and soul. Comprised of highly skilled long-time jazz/blues musicians, and led by powerhouse front woman Jan Marie on lead vocals, The Mean Reds mix genres with plentiful ease, coaxing even the most left-footed of folks to take the dance floor.
The Mean Reds sound is unique. Combining growling trumpet, upright bass, drums/washboard, piano and sometimes even Hammond B3 organ with Jan Marie’s black coffee voice makes for a uniquely gritty yet saccharine tincture. Listen here or catch them at a live show.
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