The Jane Mutiny is the brainchild of Rochester, NY singer Sarah Jane Long, who was looking to turn her jazz, rock and blues background into a creatively unusual project that would incorporate several styles of music. She enlisted the skills of brothers Mike and Vince Tutino, who have been playing drums and bass together since earliest childhood. Mike called in old friends Dan Hoh on guitar and Pat Brennan on mandolin, and The Jane Mutiny was born.
You may have heard some interesting Jane Mutiny arrangements while spinning the radio dial. The Jane Mutiny is in regular rotation on WRUR 88.5 in Rochester and WITH 90.1 in Ithaca, weekday mornings 9-12, during Scott Regan’s Open Tunings.
The Jane Mutiny, like all mutineers, does not respect authority. The band is known for daring arrangements of great songs from all genres. The band has been known to commandeer songs by artists as diverse as The Beatles, Foo Fighters, Warren Zevon, Incubus, Amy Winehouse, Emmylou Harris and The Almann Brothers and give them a unique, bluesy, Americana spin. Oh, and there are a few originals, too.
The Jane Mutiny has performed on stages all across NY State, and in and around Rochester, a few of our favorite places to play are Dinosaur BBQ, The Little Theater, Casa Larga Winery. Abilene, Sticky Lips, Lovin’ Cup, Towpath Cafe in Fairport. We’ve played at the Rochester Museum and Science Center a time or two. The band met with enthusiastic crowds at the Xerox International Jazz Fest, playing two consecutive Saturdays at The Little Theater’s outdoor tent.
Sarah Jane Long attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she majored in Jazz Performance and Music Production/Engineering. While at Berklee, Sarah began working as a session singer, performing back-up vocals on albums, commercials for radio and TV, and songwriter demos. During this time she worked with members of such bands as Aerosmith, Til Tuesday, Peter Gabriel, and Steely Dan, and recorded a song to benefit inner-city children at risk which was featured in a performance by Bob Hope at Boston’s Wang Center for the Performing Arts. In Boston, Sarah sang with popular band Down Avenue, which was signed to RCA records. Sarah also spent some time working in the country music industry, performing as an opening act for Patty Loveless, Randy Travis, George Jones, Sawyer Brown, Tricia Yearwood and Bill Monroe, among others.
The boys of The Jane Mutiny have the necessary adventurous spirit as well as over a century of cumulative musical experience in various genres, from jazz to rock to funk to Celtic to bluegrass, that allows the melding of styles that makes The Jane Mutiny’s unique sound possible.