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About The MEan Reds
The Mean Reds is a 5-piece, pro-quality band playing a variety of vintage and "new vintage" music, including swing, blues, jazz, r&b, and soul. Comprised of highly-skilled, veteran 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.
About Jan Marie
It is rumoured that Jan Marie sang her first song on her second Christmas. Whether she gave her parents a "silent night" then or not, it wasn't
Since her induction to the jazz world seven short years ago, Jan Marie has made a name for herself as a regular crowd-seducing chanteuse. Jan Marie has been compared to late, great jazz pioneers such as Anita O'Day, Nina Simone, Etta James, and even modern jazz marvels as Eva Cassidy and Amy Winehouse.
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.
What The Press Is Saying:
Jan Marie shows impressively dexterous vocal phrasing, married with a rich, soulful delivery easily porting us to yesteryear on a wave of real, spiritual joy. (...) She’s never over-reaching, always in empathy with the long, distant roots of her material. If you want more, you get more. ‘Swing Low’, ‘Wade In The Water’, ‘Amazing Grace’, ‘Everybody Loves My Baby’ are all given fresh life by the Jan Marie treatment. (...)
It’s one thing to hear an album when one already knows the artist and so has a pre-set level of expectation, it’s another to plunge in blind and unknowing. The reward here, therefore, is heightened; the surprising delight magnified. It feels like a discovery of treasure, which, let’s face it, it is.
—Happy Feet Jazz: Jan Marie - Mean, Moody, & Magnificent
Her voice rises up like a gutsy personal anthem, something that could be sung in honky tonks, late night clubs, and smoky bars as well as along parade routes and outdoor celebrations. Aruda’s trumpet line blows loud and clear, a perfect clarion call to reflect the release of tension in the lead vocalist’s new revelation. Another nifty treat is the way the rhythm section manages the jaunty groove so a listener cannot resist a toe tapping urge. (...)
Jan Marie & The Mean Reds have come up with a significant document of their abilities in a live setting. They also breathe new life into some of the greatest material in the American songbook.
—Bill Copeland Music News: The Mean Reds offer fine live document with Released
She has a stripped down, minimalist, gospel, soulful, swinging blues style. When you look up this woman and compare her with her voice, her voice just sounds like it has years on her. (...) Her voice just moves me, Spuds, it's so much soul in that voice. And I was totally, once I heard her voice, I was sold, and I was completely sold once that B3, Hammond B3 organ kicked in. (...) Jan Marie, you've got the full package.
—Hey Mister Jesse Podcast, #113 (Featured 42:38 - 49:26)
What Real People Are Saying:
I DJed your version of "Workin' On The Railroad" last night (first song of the set), and a guy came up specifically to say that if the whole set were like that, it'd be perfect!
I just finished my first listen of the album AND IT WAS AMAZING I DON'T KNOW WHY I AM TYPING IN ALL CAPS BUT IT CORRECTLY SHOWS MY FEELINGS FOR THE ALBUM! You all did a great job with it. I had to continuously remind myself that this was a live recording and not in a studio. It was almost impossible to tell.
You know, I really HATE jazz... but I LOVED that show!