A native San Franciscan, Jan Martinelli (bass) has toured and performed with dozens of bands and artists at major festivals, performance halls and clubs throughout the country. Known for her stylistic range from Latin, Jazz and Funk to Blues and Folk, her soulful approach to the bass can be heard on more than thirty CDs and albums.
Jan was an
original member of the Bay Area’s popular Wild Mango, a seven-piece World Jazz
ensemble. She appeared on the cover of Southwest’s inflight magazine Spirit, in a feature
article Women & Jazz, and has played major jazz festivals such as Aspen, Barbados,
Monterey, San Francisco and the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Jan is currently a member of several Bay Area bands has been touring with Holly Near since 2012.