“Janice Anderson is the real deal, the complete vocal package – charm, good nature, talent.”
Think Ella rafting down a dizzy scat riff, Doris Day crooning praises for the joy of the everyday, Astrud Gilberto whispering crooked tones through the wet Brazilian summer and you’ll have a sense of Janice Anderson, the singer. Like most musicians, the muse was with Janice since childhood, a time which she spent singing, dancing and hoarding rare recordings of the greats when others were listening to the latest, now forgotten, pop offerings of the minute.
A dedicated artist, she is in turn dedicated to the art of others which led her to found Jazz Vespers in Santa Monica in 2003, now a lauded event in the L.A. jazz scene. Through Jazz Vespers, Anderson has hosted such notables as: Alan Broadbent, Alan Pasqua, Bill Cunliffe, Larry Goldings, John Campbell, Sam Most, Denise Donatelli, Barbara Morrison, John Proulx, Kendall Kay, Dan Barrett, Christian Jacob, Sara Leib, Kathleen Grace, Larry Koonse, Darek Oles, Anthony Wilson, Bob Sheppard, Janis Mann . . . as well as fostering young and lesser known talents.
In 2012 she founded the first bi-annual Santa Monica Jubilee Jazz Festival featuring: The Gonzalo Bergara Quartet, Bill Cunliffe with Imagination, The Christian Jacob Trio, The Susie Hansen Latin Band and the Mark Tortorici Swing Band.
Anderson has performed with such jazz notables as pianist/composer Clare Fischer, Saxophonist Bob Sheppard, Pianist John Campbell, pianist Chris Dawson, Guitarist Larry Koonse, Guitarist Anthony Wilson, drummer Joe LeBarbera, bassist Putter Smith. . . and has performed in venues as diverse as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the Resort at Pelican Hill – Newport Beach, The World Ship, the Pasadena Playhouse, the Pasadena Playboy Jazz Festival, the legendary Hermosa Beach Lighthouse. She lends her voice to the fundraising efforts of KCRW and other charities.
Janice has also studied with notable vocalists and vocal coaches, such as Cathy Segal Garcia and Tierney Sutton.
“Good singers entertain, but a great singer makes you feel like you’re discovering something wonderful for the first time. That’s Janice Anderson. She’s all that and more!”
Hire Janice Anderson and The Hot Medusa Jazz Band for your next event.
The Hot Medusa Jazz Band is the perfect musical choice for your next elegant affair, wedding, banquet, house party or corporate event. We are world-class jazz musicians based in Los Angeles.
If you enjoy the intimate and beautiful ballads of Bill Evans, the creative and rhythmic stylings of Ahmad Jamal and the jump-up-and-dance excitement of Fats Waller’s music, you’ll love The Hot Medusa Jazz Band! While bringing the best of ‘straight ahead jazz’ to a stage, we interact with our audience and “tell the story” of our American art form by sharing the history of these beautiful songs, and giving each song a new breath of life with our original arrangements.