Our Sound

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 frontwoman Jan Marie on lead vocals, The Mean Reds mix genres with plentiful ease, coaxing even the most left-footed of folks to take the dancefloor.

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.


About Jan Marie

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.





With the Mean Reds, Jan Marie has been blessed to have worked with an amazing number of talented musicians over the years, including:

Anthony Geraci
Brendan Cooney
Bruce Bears
Josh Fialkoff
Justin Francos
Ken Clark
Mark Shilansky
Michael Valdez
Rusty Scott

Brad Hallen
Daniel McDowell
Frank Drake
Frank Ojeda
Justin Meyer
Jesse Williams

Alex Lee-Clark
Dan Gabel
Dave Whitney
Garret Savluk
Mark Zaleski
Peter Kenagy
Scott Aruda
Shawn Hershey
Tim Lewandowski

Brian Sokol
Mark Teixeira
Phil McGowan
Patrick Gaulin
Tido Holtkampf

And many, many more!