Cello & Bass

Jeanne learned to read music before she learned to read words - being born into a musical family made that a natural. Early musical experiences included Mom singing Kurt Weill songs with Dad at the piano, a short stint as a virtuoso Recorder player, regular trips to the Cleveland Orchestra, and catching shows by bands like Sly & The Family Stone, Santana, The Grateful Dead, Yes, and Weather Report.

When Jeanne was eleven a well-meaning music teacher suggested she learn to play the cello since they were going to be short of lower strings in the Middle School Orchestra. That teacher put a cello in Jeanne's hands and she found her voice. After graduating with degrees from Manhattan School of Music and The Juilliard School, Jeanne played cello throughout the Tri-State region with various orchestras and developed a large class of students at Third Street Music School Settlement.

Jeanne gained experience in both the commercial and non-profit sectors of music administration and management. Combining that with her lifelong experience in the classical repertoire, Jeanne became an executive at the record label Sony Classical. Her career expanded into the fields of music copyright and supervising music for feature films and television programs. Nowadays you will see Jeanne's name rolling by on the end credits of films and documentaries like "Empire" (Universal Pictures), "Born Rich" (HBO), "When Will I Be Loved" (IFC), "The Meaning Of Food" (PBS), and "Parliament / Funkadelic: One Nation Under A Groove" (PBS).

Jeanne joined Project Mercury in 2005, satisfying her daughter Natasia's dream of seeing her Mom play in a rock band. Her original song "
Dial This Number" is an audience favorite - and its genre is a surprise: country!

These days, Jeanne has returned to her classical roots and can be found performing with the Hudson Valley String Quartet.

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