Janet Levy

Around 1999 Janet answered an ad for a sax player, having passed the audition, She was invited to play with Sneaky Pete .

It was in that audition that it was discovered that she could sing. Something she'd not really aspired to, short of wailing into her hair brush

in the privacy of her teenage bedroom. It wasn't long until she was singing a good 50% of the band's material. She had discovered Jump/Swing ,

and loved it!Sneaky Pete was Janet's introduction to The Sydney Blues Scene as a player.

 

As Janet's  playing and profile grew, more & more artists and bands invited her to sit in with, or special guest for them. She's now been fortunate

enough to play and record with the likes of   Kerrie Sweeney -  2000 Female Vocalist of the Year, Jan Preston - 2004 SBS Performer of the Year,  

Ray Beadle , Adam Pringle , Wards Express , Dutch Tilders and The Legendary Four Day Riders

For the past two years, she has been a permanent member of the Sydney Rhythm and Blues outfit FINN .

In that time she experienced success far beyond her expectations. Two major festivals, release of an EP "Bush Bashin",

and touring extensively up and down the entire east coast of Australia .

In September 2004 Finn won The Sydney Blues Society Performer of the Year Award resulting in the band traveling

to the USA to compete in the 2005 International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee .

A short stint in the NSW Southern Highlands saw Janet play in her  first professional R&B band, The Blue Violets . Confined to local gigs,

and hungry for a broader audience, she returned to Sydney .

Janet eventually found herself playing in The Love Monkeys ,  a local outfit playing Urban Jazz/Funk. The Love Monkeys enjoyed

some four years of gigs around Sydney with a short tour along the NSW North Coast . Janet recorded 2 EP's with this line up,

"19 Talford" and "Sweet Time and Money"

Looking back, Janet has been on stage nearly all her life, from nativity scenes in the local church Christmas pageant,

to comic acting roles all through her school years. Playing and performing music in various school and district choirs,  

playing and performing in school orchestras and bands with local musical societies and groups.

Janet first learned to play the flute in  primary school. While the school  wanted her to play drums, her parents thought

it more appropriate that she play the flute. Janet  was never satisfied with the flute, and let the music go for many years.

It wasn't till in her late 20's that she took up playing the sax . Within a short time she found her self playing in all sorts of  line ups,

playing all sorts of  music.