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Juenemann, Marguerite (Rose)

Juenemann, Marguerite (Rose), singer, lyricist, arranger, educator; b. Philippsburg, Kansas, 17 December 1954. Her father is Norbert Juenemann, born Nov.20, 1928, Selden, Kansas. Her mother is Anne Juenemann, born October 3, 1929, Jamaica, Queens. Both are living and each played music.  Her dad played the trombone in the Army Big Band 1950's and her mom played the piano for her own pleasure. Her brother, Robert Juenemann, born July 26, 1951, Denver, Colorado, has been a guitarist/singer for the last 30 years ongoing.

Prior to the usual growing up lessons on piano, her private teachers were Gerry & Pierrette Garneau, 7 years from 1965-72 and clarinet with Gordon Parks in college plus Phil Aaholm 1973 - 75 University of Colorado, Boulder, Music Education (clarinet and piano major). Most of the jazz education was self-sought and self-taught.
She began performing as singer / musician in 1975 in various Denver-area venues.  In 1978, founded jazz vocal group Rare Silk, and maintained active group touring/performing schedule including USO tour of the Far East with Benny Goodman 1979-80, until 1983. She has appeared as solo performer and guest with various other artists. A multi-instrumentalist in highschool, Marguerite was a singer/musician/arranger in three other groups and a session artist on three albums before forming Rare Silk.  Marguerite was a founding member of the Boulder, Colorado-based group, originally a female trio who began singing together in 1978.  The first milestone of their career was a 1980 series of concerts with the legendary Benny Goodman.   Rare Silk sang with the King of Swing in such prestigious settings as Carnegie Hall, Boston's Symphony Hall, the Playboy Jazz Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, and the Aurex Jazz Festival in Japan. On their own, Rare Silk toured Korea, the Philippines and the South Pacific, and gained national television exposure with an appearance on the Merv Griffin Show.  Three years and many professional endorsements after their separation from Goodman, Rare Silk, now a mixed quartet, played a performance at Duke's Place in New that Orleans became the subject of an hour-long television production for PBS.   That program, nationally released November 2, 1984, features Marguerite as a soloist on her own arrangement of Miles Davis's "All Blues".

Eventually she focused her energies on one instrument--her voice.  As a vocalist, she has performed with well-known Colorado artists Spike Robinson, Johnny Smith, Paul Warburton, Rich Chiaraluce, Eric Gunnison, Ron Miles, Art Lande , Gus Johnson, the list continues.  Before leaving Rare Silk, Marguerite formed her own trio and secured a regular gig at one of Denver's most popular jazz clubs.  She was also a featured soloist in a concert of Thelonius Monk's music at Naropa institute in Boulder. She has written original lyrics to instrumental classics such as Davis' "So What" and a vocalese rendition of Wes Montgomery's guitar solo on "Whisper Not" by Benny Golson.  She has also done a 7/8 arrangement of Dizzy Gillespie's "A Night In Tunisia." Marguerite left New York in l988 after being offered an Artist-in Residence position at the University of Maine in Augusta where she taught and directed the Vocal Jazz program until l997.  This position has opened up other venues for her talents:  conducting a vocal octet symphonic requiem for Viet Nam M.I.A/K.I.A at the Performing Arts Center in Bangor, Maine traveling throughout New England conducting clinics for high school and college students as well as Music Educators.  Marguerite has also been a guest conductor for the New Hampshire All-State High School Honors Choirs and an adjudicator for the same.  Concerts resulting from these endeavors include a performance with Jazz great Clark Terry.
As a continuing educator, Marguerite went to Europe as a guest vocal clinician in Leeds, England, Krakow, Poland and Graz, Austria. While in Graz, Marguerite shared the stage at three of her concerts with Mark Murphy, Downbeat poll winner, 1997, before heading back to London for one final concert.  1998 found Marguerite teaching part of the year in Graz, also Lamont School of Music in Denver and Naropa University in Boulder.  From March through May, 2000, she was a guest faculty at New England Conservatory of Music. She continues to pursue her own studies and music coaching with pianist Art Lande.

She has been director of the Vocal Jazz Department at the University of Maine, Augusta, 1988-1997, a clinician at Hochschule fur Musik, Graz, Austria, a clinician at Leeds College of Music, Leeds, England, a faculty member at 1998, Hochschule for Musik, Graz, Austria, 1988, a guest faculty member at the New England Conservatory, 2000, a clinician/adjudicator at the Greeley Jazz Festival, a faculty member at the Lamont School of Music Jazz Program, Denver, CO (1997-2000), an Artist in Residence at the New Cord School of Music, Denver, CO, and since 1998, a faculty member at Naropa College, Boulder, CO.

Recordings:
Live from the Aurex Jazz Festival:  Benny Goodman & Rare Silk (1980); Promotional LP for Frontier Airlines: The Other Side of the Bay (1982); Rare Silk: New Weave (1983); By Whose Standards (1994); Night Wind: In the Spirit of Fats Waller (2001)
As sideperson;
Michael Friedman: Swingset Jazz (2001); Patty Greer: The Deeper Dance of Night (2001)

Radio and television broadcasts:
Regular public access radio show (This is Rare Silk) KGNU, 1978
Rare Silk, WGBH live broadcast, Boston Globe Jazz Festival from Symphony Hall, 1979
Live from Japan, The Aurex Jazz Festival, Benny Goodman and Rare Silk, 1980 Japanese cable
Merv Griffin show, Rare Silk guest appearance, 1980
Rare Silk:  Live at Duke's Place New Orleans, LA, PBS, 1982
Ovation Washington DC Arts and Entertainment station ID
Celestial Seasonings commercial recordings

Bibliography:
"Jazz Singing:  the Singers And their styles" by Bruce Crowther and Mike Pinfold,Blanford Publishing, London, England, 1997

Websites:
http://euroclubdejazz.com/margueritejuenemann/files/contact.htm

Awards:
Grammy Award nominee, best new vocal jazz group (Rare Silk) 1984
Grammy Award nominee, best jazz vocal arrangement (Rare Silk) 1984
Winner, Elevox Open Jazz competition, solo performance, 1986
Downbeat Magazine Readers Poll:  Winner, Talent Deserving Wider Recognition
Thelonious Monk Vocal competition, semi-finalist, 1999

Contact information:
4131 1/2 Vrain St.
Denver, CO   80212
303-455-1112
www.jazzarts.org/juenemann.cfm
www.jazzarts.org/marguerite.htm
jaszpurr@mindspring.com

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