Janet Hammer

Janet’s music career is multifaceted. She actively performs at numerous venues throughout Southern California performing in small ensembles and with bands including The Mar Dels, the Ira Liss Big Band Jazz Machine, Storey Lines, The Xceptional Tribute to ABBA, and her own bands and groups; Rhythm Express, Double Take, Sweethearts of Swing, Corner Pocket, Harmony Express, and Classic Sass, and several more.
Janet has held the position of Music Director of the Unity Center, San Diego since 1996 where she sings, books guest artists, leads the choir, and leads the band, Soul Notes.
During the holiday seasons, she ran a very popular Christmas caroling company. Since its inception in 1989, it grew from one quartet to over 15 quartets booking an average of 250 gigs during the season, the largest season being 436 gigs within a 5 week span. She sold this company in 2013.
She holds a bachelors of music degree and secondary education music teaching credential from San Diego State University. She teaches classes in vocal technique and leads the vocal jazz ensemble, Spectrum Singers, at Palomar College since 2003. She gives vocal production workshops and also has many private students.
She has performed on several worldwide tours performing in 36 countries. She has opened for such name acts as Sheryl Crow, The Pointer Sisters, Johnny Cash, The Righteous Brothers, and the Platters. Some of the many notable artists that she has worked with are Grammy Award winners Paul Overstreet (27 top ten songs), Bob Mintzer (Yellowjackets), Eric Marienthall (Chick Corea), Wayne Bergeron (Maynard Ferguson), Kristen Korb (Ray Brown), Holly Haufmann (flautist), and many more.
Studio Work: She has recorded seven CDs of her own as well as national radio jingles and studio work for many projects. The most recent CD she is featured on was nominated for best jazz recording of the year by San Diego Music Awards. She is currently working on her eighth CD recording which will be a double CD.

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