This week, Downtown San Diego Live features Janet Hammer, one of those new faces downtown, although she’s widely known in other parts of San Diego for her beautiful voice. She recently started performing regularly at Spike Africa’s Fresh Fish Grill & Bar, bringing a fun mix of jazz and swing tunes on Saturday night.
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.
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.
Janet 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.