At once both a striking song stylist and a fearless improviser, Janis Mann is that rare artist who can sweep you away with her captivating sound. She is a true jazz singer in the manner of Carmen McRae, Betty Carter, and Shirley Horn, yet with a sound all her own. An exciting and engaging performer, Mann's rich timbre, flexibility, and range often invites comparison to Sarah Vaughan.
In addition to working with the great pianist Kenny Werner on two outstanding recording projects, Janis has performed with Diane Schuur, Roy Haynes, Terrell Stafford, Dave Frishberg, Jack Sheldon, John Clayton, the Caribbean Jazz Project, Roberta Gambarini, and many other jazz luminaries.
Janis is a Los Angeles favorite and performs often in New York, notably at the Blue Note and the Kitano. Her recent touring includes New York, San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland. Her latest CD, “Celestial Anomaly,” with pianist Kenny Werner followed in the path of her previous two releases by charting at the top of the national jazz radio charts. She has released seven successful CDs.
JazzTimes writer Christopher Loudon says, “Mann is not only one of the most skilled vocalists around, but one of the most alluring as well. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Janis grew up on Long Island, drawing inspiration from her mom, a gifted singer, who would play for her the music of the great jazz singers like Sarah, Nat, and Ella