Bio

"Janet Evra's unique mix of modern beach-pop with traditional bossa nova, samba and Latin jazz has made her a favorite on stages from St. Louis to Europe."  Riverfront Times

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

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

Evra performs on premier stages across the USA and Europe, singing in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French.  In Europe, Evra performed at The Deva Jazz Festival in Romania and at Sofar shows in Uppsala, Sweden and Zurich, Switzerland.  In the USA, Evra regularly tours to 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 Brazilian guitarist Diego Figueiredo at Grandel Theatre.  Evra also performs regularly at St. Louis venues including The Sheldon, The Dark Room, The .ZACK, The National Blues Museum, Old Rock House, Blue Strawberry, and Evangeline's Bistro & Music House, and she performs annually at the St. Louis 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, and in 2020 she released singles Floating on Life and Summer Love SongSubscribe to Evra's Spotify for more new music!

Evra is the co-creator of the popular St. Louis Music Box video series showcasing St. Louis jazz musicians and acclaimed special guests.  Episode One features St. Louis living legend Anita Jackson, and Episode Two features five-time Grammy winner Randy Brecker.  Subscribe to Evra's YouTube channel for more videos soon to come!

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.