· Janet Planet – vocals
· Tom Theabo – guitar
· Dan Loomis – bass
· Ross Pederson – drums
This elusive singer returns to the Metropolitan Room, tantalizing New York audiences with that rare opportunity to make an exhilarating discovery. Janet Planet packs a cosmic repertoire, craftily intermingling astute interpretations of latter-century lyricists into her grab bag of jazz and standards. From Blossom Dearie to Bob Dylan…Cole Porter to Leonard Cohen, she effectively adds another chapter to the Great American narrative. With thrilling reserve, Ms. Planet idles like a rocket ship. Buckle-up! At countdown, her powerful pipes and emotionally explosive delivery launch passengers on a musical adventure across the firmament.
Janet Planet draws on a vast repertoire of jazz, blues and standards. Ms. Planet’s poignant interpretations, powerful delivery and quirky humor bring fresh perspective and relevancy to the lyric she delivers, whether she’s on stage or in studio.
For over two decades, Janet Planet has been a full-time performer, recording artist, producer, arranger, instructor and clinician. Janet is on staff at Lawrence University and Tritone Jazz Camp.
A busy concert schedule has taken her to performance centers, opera houses, colleges, universities, festivals and jazz clubs across the USA and internationally; with appearances in Europe and Japan where she co-founded the First Fraternity of Musicians in the city of Nagasaki in 2000.
A productive recording artist, Janet has 23 albums in her discography to date. Janet’s recordings have ranked in the Top-10 best selling vocal jazz albums on CDBaby.com – the recording industry’s leading distributor of independent labels.
Ms. Planet’s 1985 Seabreeze release, “Sweet Thunder” brought Janet to the attention of Steve Allen who wrote, “There are so many dumb and inarticulate singers today. It’s a pleasure to hear someone who knows what singing is all about.”
In celebration of her 2006 release “Just Above A Whisper” with guitarist Gene Bertoncini and pianist/composer John Harmon, Janet Planet performed at Manhattan’s Jazz Standard. Of that performance Cadence Magazine wrote: “Janet’s a cappella opening on “Close Enough For Love” is all you have to hear to understand how voice and lyric can be heard as one. On “Like Someone In Love,” she displays uncanny vocal virtuosity in unison passages with Bertoncini’s guitar...an exemplary hour of music.”
Janet realized a surge of public awareness with her 2009 release “Of Thee I Sing,“ which gained critical attention and national airplay. Her most recent release, “Janet Planet Sings the Bob Dylan Songbook Vol. 1” builds on this momentum. Janet’s unique interpretations reignite the poetic poignancy of Dylan’s songbook through an eclectic mix of jazz-minded arrangements. The result is an intriguing album that offers new perspective on the work of this legendary American songwriter.
In her career, Ms. Planet has performed with legends such as George Benson, Jackie and Roy, Nancy King, Ellis Marsalis, John Harmon, Gene Bertoncini, and Marian McPartland.
Janet Planet co-founded Stellar Sound Productions in 1995, a recording label that has consistently earned high praise from critics for artistic content and production values. Stellar recording artists have included: Nancy King (vocalist), Steve Christofferson.
(pianist), Matt Turner (Cellist), John Harmon (pianist/composer) and Gene Bertoncini (gutarist). Active in all aspects of the recording business, she owns and operates Steel Moon Recording Studio with her husband, saxophonist/composer, Tom Washatka.
“Planet defies expectation...anything she graces with her vocal chords benefits.”
— Cadence Magazine
“The voice of the New Jazz Culture... amazingly powerful, with seemingly limitless expression.”
— Jazziz Magazine
“The effervescent and supremely talented Ms. Planet can stylishly sing anything she chooses.”
— Isobel Neuberger, Rochester Public Radio
“Many cabaret performers call themselves jazz singers – Janet Planet is the real deal.”
— Elizabeth Ahlfors
“A sultry vocalist with a vast repertoire of jazz, blues, and standards...with some Bob Dylan thrown in for good measure.”
— New York Magazine
“When anyone has asked me, as they often do, what singer have I seen lately who really impressed me, I have one answer. And, it rhymes.”
— Rob Lester