Guests of The Kent Center's 2015 Some Enchanted Evening found themselves caught up in the sultry sounds of Jan Marie & the Mean Reds, and rightfully so. Jan Marie has 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. In January 2013, Jan Marie finally start her own outfit, Jan Marie & The Mean Reds, who after their inception immediately landed spreads in 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. Listen to their sultry sound here: http://www.ojanmarie.com/music.