is hailed as one of the UK’s best and more original vocalists whose musical sensibilities stretch further than the norm, effortlessly covering jazz, south American and eastern European influences — a blend now considered de rigueur for jazz vocalists, with Ponsford being credited as an originator of the style. She is also an exhibiting painter with works collected internationally.

Jan performs and records with some of the world’s finest musicians, and features alongside the Greats in the books ‘Singing Jazz’ and ‘Jazz Singers’. She has her own section in the Virgin Encyclopaedia of Jazz, and is in the Penguin Who’s Who in Jazz. 

For over three decades Ponsford has performed internationally with renowned musicians, as a duo, with her quintet, big bands, and orchestras. She is also an established vocal coach, teaching individuals and running workshops independently, at colleges, and universities.