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"Jan has just made her first live appearance with my band here in New York at the Every Thing Goes Cafe. The audience feedback was to say the least very positive. It was a pleasure to share the stage with such a talented musician. She adds an element of flair that blends so effortlessly with our music."
"As I sit here writing this I anticipate and look forward to having Jan Alba join us once again on stage at the 4th Annual Westerleigh Folk Festival, September 2011."
"Jan has the innate ability to make any performer sound his or her best. She's amazing in rehearsal and exceeds expectations in performance. Jan is reliable and a truly consistent player. She is a well-trained talent who shines in front of an audience."
"I am a singer/songwriter musician and I had commissioned the lovely Jan Alba to accompany me with her flute on my album. She was amazing, her breath carried the tune with pure perfection. She was able to find the space and put the wind-song in like angel voices from deep within the canyons. She was a delight to work with and was able to co-create as well as truly listen and hear and emulate the style of music I was going for. She is mightily diverse and with over 20 years experience, an outstanding professional. She comes highly recommended and I was blessed to have her on my album."
"Her flute playing on “John Barleycorn Must Die” was haunting and absolutely gorgeous. She laid back during the singing and jumped in at just the right spots with just the right touch. Later, I listened to the iconic Traffic recording of that song, and I honestly prefer Jan’s playing to the flute playing of Chris Wood, who was an experienced session player."
"Later that night, Jan and I did a song on a live TV show on Princeton public TV. She was so poised and confident that the hosts directed their banter at her after our song."
Bob Harris, Ampersand Records USA
"I recently hired Jan Alba to provide flute accompaniment for two songs on my upcoming CD Jewels and Harmony: "By My Side" by Peggy Gordon and Jay Hamburger, and "Killing The Blues" by Rowland Salley."
"Jan was on time for the sessions, came prepared, and even played a different type of flute, silver and wood, on each song to enhance the sound. Jan is incredibly skilled at improvising flute parts and she was also able to read sheet music and follow an arrangement provided as well. Jan was so easy to work with, and her playing is so beautiful, that I would recommend her to anyone in need of flute on their recordings."
Just a few words about Jan. I am the lead guitarist and musical director for Stu and The Gurus. We were working on our second album “This Time Around” and we needed some flute for our song “Be Patient.” At that point, there was only one thought in my mind: “Jan!” Her musicality and especially her beautiful tone were exactly what the track needed. And I had to fight myself in the final mixdown to keep from jacking up her volume, just because it was so magical. It was only a few notes, but it was exactly what the track needed. Jan was a pleasure to work with, arriving on time, and getting down to the job at hand, including helping me find the ideal position for the mic.
So it’s 3am at some folk festival and I stroll up on Rusty and Jan for some end-of-the-night jamming. That’s what we do. After breezing through some simple stuff, I throw a shuffling jazz tune at Jan that I wrote a few years back, you know, just to see what she’d do with it. It was magic. But you know how that magic of the moment can be; wonderful, but fleeting.
A few months later, I’m finishing up another genre-defiant collection of rock, folk, and whatever tunes, and I bring Jan into Kawari Sound to dub flute on the same number. I'd sent her my elementary charts and an MP3 of the track, and she was very prepared. My engineer was blown away. I was blown away. She not only recaptured the magic of our by chance, summer jam, she took direction on what I was looking for. Efficient. Professional. It may be my favorite song on the record.
Jan Alba is a key member of our musical community. Whether it’s hosting open mikes, rolling in the mud with the rest of us at festivus, cutting it within an orchestra or selflessly supporting songwriter projects like mine, Jan is special.