The Hanson Family Jazz Band has been playing in the Madison area since 1981. The original band performed at the Hanson's Family Jazz Restaurant and continued playing after the restaurant closed in 1984. The original band was lead by Gene Hanson and featured his wife Betty on vocals. Today, the band features original members (and brothers) Erik (drums) and David (piano) Hanson, along with David's daughter Melissa Thorson-Hanson on vocals, singing the songs that her grandmother sang in the band before her passing in 2006. The Hanson Family Jazz Band tradition continues today with the current band - playing a variety of jazz standards.