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