Ms. Planet celebrates the release of her new album, “Janet Planet Sings the Bob Dylan Songbook,” adding another chapter to our Great American narrative. Janet craftily intermingles tales from Duke to Dietz…Harold to Hammerstein for an evening of sassy strains and lingering lyric.
The spirited and vivacious Janet Planet is a productive recording artist, performer, teacher and clinician – her concert schedule takes her to performance halls, universities, jazz festivals and clubs across the USA and internationally. The 2009 release of her album, “Of Thee I Sing,” garnered international attention, airplay and unanimous praise from critics, fans and musicians alike.
With 23 recordings in her discography to date, Janet’s repertoire is unparalleled. She has the ability to hold an audience in the palm of her hand, whether she’s just above a whisper or belting the blues.
Her most recent release, “Janet Planet Sings the Bob Dylan Songbook Vol. 1,” features thirteen of Mr. Dylan’s compositions from the 1960’s. Ms. Planet is most influenced by lyrics, and in constant quest to connect the meaning, physicality and musicality of words. Like many other jazz and cabaret singers, Janet Planet has drawn from the “American Songbook” for material, but as an artist she is continually reaching beyond traditional boundaries for inspiration. Janet was drawn to the concept of a “Dylan Songbook” not only for the poetic value of Dylan’s work but also for the musical challenge his melodies posed for a jazz musician.
Ms. Planet co-founded Stellar Sound Productions in 1995, a recording label that has consistently earned praise from reviewers for both exceptional artistic content and high production values. Stellar recording artists include, jazz singer/piano duo, Nancy King and Steve Christofferson; Cellist, Matt Turner; pianist/composer, John Harmon; and guitarist Gene Bertoncini. Active in all aspects of the recording business, she owns and operates Steel Moon Recording Studio with her husband, saxophonist/composer, Tom Washatka.
Praise for Janet Planet :
“Planet defies expectation...such an exemplary artiste that anything she graces with her vocal chords benefits.” — Cadence Magazine
“The venerable Planet carves a jaunty path from east to west. Long-familiar destinations sound fresh and new...delightful.” — JazzTimes
“The effervescent and supremely talented Ms. Planet can stylishly sing anything.” — Isobel Neuberger, Rochester Public Radio
“Planet’s ‘Of Thee I Sing’ is a very hip trip.” — Tritone Times
“Janet’s exquisite interpretations bring new life to treasures that long to be heard.” — Gene Bertoncini
"The voice of the New Jazz Culture... amazingly powerful, with seemingly limitless expression.” — Jazziz Magazine
“Many cabaret performers call themselves jazz singers – Janet Planet is the real deal.” — Elizabeth Ahlfors
“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. Janet Planet.” — Rob Lester
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