Janis Mann Group
Award-winning vocalist and L.A. favorite Janis Mann returns to
Jazz at Chez Hanny with a stellar trio.
Both a striking song stylist and a fearless improviser, Janis is that
rare artist who can sweep you away with her captivating sound.
The way Janis weighs and colors the melody and lyrics of a song place
her in rare company.
A native New Yorker, Janis Mann has been a major presence on the L.A.
music scene for years. You may have seen her perform with Diane Schuur,
Roy Haynes, Kenny Werner, Laurence Hobgood, Dave Frishberg, Bob
Mintzer, Ernie Watts, Terell Stafford, and many other jazz luminaries
addition to her own legendary shows. She tours frequently in New York
and the West Coast and her music appears in films while her recordings
are a radio and streaming mainstay.
"Great singer, great feel! I haven't heard anyone like Janis in years."
-- Roy Haynes
She appeared previously at Chez Hanny in duo with Kenny Werner and
Pianist David Udolf moved to the Bay Area from his native
New York in early 1991. A sought after and diverse sideman, he has
worked with a wide range of musicians from saxophonist Herb Geller to
R&B legend Bo Diddley, and toured nationally for six years with San
Francisco’s own legendary New Pickle Circus.
Local artists he has worked or recorded with include Jules Broussard,
Opie Bellas (with whom he did a concert tour of South Africa), Sherri
Roberts, Lavay Smith, Diane Witherspoon, Denise Perrier, Akira Tana,
Kenny Washington, Dave Ellis, Vicki Burns, Hal Stein, Noel Jewkes,
Warren Gale, and the Joe Henderson Memorial Big Band.
David has worked extensively for 20 years with vocalist Mary Stallings,
performing at international festivals and concert venues in
Switzerland, Prague, Melbourne, Jakarta Indonesia, and Tel Aviv as her
accompanist and music director.
He has a masters degree from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique.
He appeared here previously with Chuck Metcalf, the Chuck Metcalf
Tribute, Jules Rowell, Ratzo Harris, Charlie McCarthy, Jim
Grantham, and Jim Zimmerman.
One of the most in demand bassists in the Bay Area, John
has played with Jessica Williams, James Moody, Benny Golson, Pete
Jolly, Joe Henderson, Akira Tana, Vince Lateano, Scott Hamilton, Bruce
Forman, Rebecca Parris, Wesla Whitfield, Madeline Eastman, and Jackie
Ryan, among many others.
John was heard previously at Chez Hanny with Faith Winthrop, Michele
Rosewoman, Patrick Wolff, Mark Levine, Peck Allmond, Scott
Barnhill, Harvey Wainapel, Erik Jekabson, Tim Armacost/David
Berkman, and John Klopotowski.
Drummer Jim Zimmerman
toured regularly with world renowned vocalists Cleo Laine and Dianne
Schuur. He has performed throughout the world from Carnegie Hall to
Tokyo's Blue Note jazz club with a rich roster of artists including
Peggy Lee, Michael LeGrand, the Spinners, the Temptations, Michael
Jackson, Frank Sinatra, and Tony Bennett.
Jim’s recording credits include both television--“Peanuts” specials
(with pianist Vince Guaraldi), and film--“Bicentennial Man” (Robin
Williams), “True Stories” (David Byrne), and “Rumblefish” (Matt
He has performed and recorded with jazz legends Toots Thielmans, Joe
Williams, Gerry Mulligan, Art Pepper, Blue Mitchell, and five albums
with Cleo Laine, including the Grammy Award winning, “Live at Carnegie
Jim appeared here previously (on drums) with the Jim Zimmerman Trio,
and Khalil Shaheed and Daria
Nile, and on vibes with Bernal Jazz Quintet, Bernal Jazz Quartet, and