Our Story

 

Barbara Jansson sings lead, harmony and adds percussion and harmonica to the band.  She is a natural at singing songs from the 50's and 60's.  The Shirelles, Shangri-Las, Chiffons, Crystals, and Ronettes are just some of her favorite groups.  Barbara began her musical career at age eleven singing with her sisters at community events and then joining her first band The Superlatives when she was fourteen.  Barbara has been vocalist in the following CT. based bands: Tommy &The Duels,  All Growed Up, The Huggerz,  Joe's Diner and locally with Johnny & The Tygers and The Girl Next Door.  She worked and recorded in the studio with Johnny & The Tygers before recording her own music at Bristol Studio's of Boston and then at Blue Jay Studio to record her Christmas CD.   Barbara loves singing her favorite genre of music with The Jantelles. 

Michelle Soreff LeFrancois has been singing in musicals and talent shows since the age of twelve.  More recently involving her self in spiritual music, Kirtan, meditation, drumming circles and music therapy for children.  In the 90's she worked as a studio vocalist and sang back-up and harmony for the band, The Platters.  Since the age of seventeen Michelle has been singer in several bands throughout the North Shore and New Hampshire including Night Majick, Girls Night Out, Prodigy, Brass Ring, The Riverside Project, The Trinity Experience, The Time Traveler's and more!  Michelle is pleased to add The Jantelles to her long list of bands and is happy to have the opportunity to sing the old juke box hits from the 50's and 60's.                            

Dave Koen is vocalist and lead guitarist for The Jantelles.  He has been a musician his entire life and also plays the harmonica, drums and keyboard.  He plays with several North Shore bands including The Generation Gap. 

Fud loves to play those low notes. He has been doing that for quite some time. Some of the groups that he has growled and thumped in are 'Ghost', 'Mona', 'The Judy C Duo', 'The Terrestrials', The 'Harmaniacs', and 'The Girl Next Door'.  He is pleased as punch to be part of The Jantelles.

Bill Grillo is a drummer of many rhythms, from his formative years on Long Island playing rag time, jug band, folk, blues and rock, then off to the country western scene in NYC in the 80’s, calypso in the Hamptons, and back to NYC playing reggae and ska. When he landed on Cape Ann in 2001, he played rockabilly with Johnny Hale and the Boppers, country, fishing and 70’s pop with the Squatcho Bondo Band, and then early jazz with the Old Salties.  He loves the beautiful harmonies of The Jantelles.

Will Hunt plays lead guitar, sax and vocals with The Jantelles. 

Alton Hollister has joined The Jantelles with his melodic sax.