b. USA. Raised in a musical family, Jeunemann studied classical piano and clarinet, picked up guitar and banjo, and also began singing in folk music groups. Her decision to work within a group rather than as a soloist was prompted by shyness not a lack of belief in her abilities. She gradually branched into jazz while still maintaining a wide interest in many other musical forms. In 1978 she formed the vocal group, Rare Silk, based in Colorado and originally a female trio. In 1979 Rare Silk toured the Far East and the following year achieved considerable prominence touring the USA and Japan with Benny Goodman. In 1983 Jeunemann left the group and moved to New York working now as a single. In 1988 she joined the faculty of the University of Maine as Director of the Vocal Jazz department and has continued to successfully mix careers as a teacher and performing artist. She has worked in duos with bass players Ed Schuller, in 1983, and Richard Davis, in 1994. She has also sung in reunions with Rare Silk. An exceptionally gifted singer with a thorough understanding of the form and substance of jazz singing, Jeunemann’s exceptional skills and talent are worth seeking out.
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