Jeudi is a "vintage-voiced chanteuse,"
who sings salvaged sweet jazz,
sourced from a time when the dance floor was the ultimate social platform,
and the prospect of romance was just
a Fox Trot, Charleston, or Lindy Hop away.
I'm so happy to meet you. I'm Jeudi. Here's my story:
I love the vintage scene because it allows me to dress the part and feel like a time-traveler. As a performer of vintage music, I like to take people on a similar journey. As you’re listening, I hope you’ll feel like you’ve been transported to the past - - maybe it’s a swank Supper Club in Manhattan, an intimate Parisian Cabaret, an elegant London ballroom, or to Hollywood’s Golden Age - - or maybe you’ll just drift on the music, back to your own memories."
This love of history, really goes back to my family. I was the kid who always wanted to be inside the house listening to the grown-ups reminisce about their lives. They had such incredible stories about the old country and about life during the Great Depression and WW2. My mom was even a Rosie the Riveter! (Both she and my Dad were sharp dressers and great dancers, which definitely affected my taste in fashion and music.) So now, I'm the family archivist, preserving family history and memories. Some of my fondest memories are from my earliest childhood, when I'd visit my Tata's house in the Barrio. It was a time capsule from the past. There were old cars, a foot-powered Singer sewing machine, a wood burning stove, flour bins, an old ice box, a clawfoot tub, and you could even listen to old songs on the Victrola!
Another thing that had a huge impact on me was growing up with a player piano in our family home. It was like stairmaster meets karaoke. We had hundreds of piano rolls mostly dating from the 1910s to the 1930s. It was such great fun and a novelty to be sure. Everyone wanted to see or try the player piano. The neighborhood kids and my family were my first audiences. Either with them, or alone, I'd spend countless hours pumping the pedals and singing along with these songs.
Throughout my life, while most of my peers were listening to the top 40 on the radio, I was listening to their grandparent's top 40! It astounded me that these incredible songs could be forgotten! It's no wonder I get a thrill from sleuthing through actual and virtual antique shops to excavate forgotten musical treasures, dust them off and dress them in fresh new arrangements for modern retro loving audiences!
Over the years, my live cabaret acts have become synonymous with storytelling through song. As someone who works in different art disciplines, I liken my cabaret work to that of an "assemblage artist," who collects material from different sources, eras and genres and puts them together to tell a never-before-told story.
I love the intimacy of salon performances, where I can see the audience and sing them a story. I've been fortunate enough to do this in different international settings and I love how even if someone doesn't understand the language of the lyric, they will still connect with the emotional delivery. It's because the music shows us our common humanity, even if it's a song that's generations old. That's magic!
My first album was "Winter Was Warm - Swingin' and Sentimental Songs of the Season." I wanted an album that would appeal to people from different faiths, so there are 7 songs about winter, in addition to the 7 songs about Christmas. The holiday season can be emotionally complicated, so I wanted this collection to encompass the many moods of the seasons from merriment to melancholy. Mostly, as a self-professed "musical archaeologist," I was thrilled to excavate forgotten gems from antique shop music heaps and dust them off for those modern listeners, who while loving their holiday standards, wanted to expand their playlist beyond the old chestnuts. These songs feel so familiar because they're in the same vibe, but they're also fresh and refreshing!
Since the release of the first CD, I've been deep in development, eschewing most public performances to focus on a few big projects. It's been a lot of behind-the-scenes work, but at last, I've pulled open the curtain.
Just this past June 2020, opening with "Stardust" I began a series of monthly music releases, as part of a curated song cycle called "Love Outshines the Moon." These 16 shimmering Jazz Age tunes, known and forgotten, alternately wax and wane poetic and energetic with timeless verities of the heart. In keeping with the theme, each single releases on the Full Moon. There are also videos in the works. (And here's a secret: look for the companion historical fiction and a recorded set, to be released at the end of the song cycle!)
What else to share?
-I'm a trained multi-disciplinary artist. I earned my MFA at CalArts; other studies were completed at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, SDSU and Paris-Sorbonne.
-I'm an entrepreneur and co-founder of Home-And-Yonder, a family owned multimedia group.
-Over here, it's family first! I've been married to the same swell guy for 26 years and love him so much, I've married him twice and would do it again! We're the proud parents of twin sons. We share our home with our corgi companion, Winston.
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"Reminiscent of the Great Chanteuses of the Past, Right Here in the Present!"