Bio

"Janet Evra's arrival brought a breath of fresh air to the St. Louis jazz scene."  Dennis Owsley, St. Louis Public Radio

"She has range, grace, and style... the voice of an angel.  Oh, this could be heaven."  STLive Music

From Gloucester, England, Janet Evra is a vocalist, bassist, composer, and songwriter based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. 

Evra sings in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French, blending traditional bossa nova, samba, and latin jazz with modern continental influences and an indie twist to produce fresh, lush, original music. 

Evra performs on premier stages across the USA and Europe.  In 2019 Evra performed at The Deva Jazz Festival in Romania and at Sofar shows in Uppsala, Sweden and Zurich, Switzerland.  In the USA she toured across the Midwest to perform at top-tier jazz clubs including Rudy's Jazz Room in Nashville, Jimmy Can't Dance in Louisville, The Jazz Estate in Milwaukee, Cafe Coda in Madison, Uncommon Ground in Chicago, and Caffe Vivace in Cincinnati, among others. 

A 2019-2020 Artist in Residence at the Kranzberg Arts Foundation in St. Louis, Evra performs regularly at The Dark Room and performed with Grammy-nominated guitarist Diego Figueiredo at the historic Grandel Theatre in a special program presented by the KAF.  In St. Louis Evra also performs regularly at The Sheldon, The .ZACK Theater, The National Blues Museum, Evangeline's, and Old Rock House, and Evra performs annually at the St. Louis Art Fair and Edwardsville Art Fair.

Evra released her debut album Ask Her to Dance to critical acclaim in 2018, showcasing her original music and signature style.  The album features Adam Maness (Erin Bode, The 442s) on piano, Will Buchanan on guitar, Montez Coleman (Roy Hargrove, Russel Malone) on drums, and R. Scot Bryan (Cheryl Crow, Allman Betts Band) on percussion, among others.  In 2019 Evra released her single Wish You Were Here featuring Khamali Cuffie-Moore on trumpet, and in 2010 she released another single Floating on Life.

Evra's music is played on St. Louis radio stations 88.1 KDHX, 88.7 The Sound, and 90.7 St. Louis Public Radio. Her music is also played internationally on AM/FM/satellite radio programs based in the UK, France, India, and New Zealand.