Revisit the Jazz Age
Jazz vocalist Juliet Varnedoe sings original arrangements of jazz and blues from the 1920's and 30's. Her cool lush vocal style is backed by her swinging quintet. Her stage presence evokes the glamorous heyday of the Jazz Age, with influences of Peggy Lee, Julie London, and Anita O'Day.
Born in Germany and raised in Louisiana and Florida, Juliet was nurtured on the soulful sounds of the 20’s and 30’s hit parade in her family’s home. Her approach to her material draws from a repertoire of standards influenced by her Louisiana roots and her classical piano training. She graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute and became a sought after freelance fashion and event photographer for over fifteen years, but her musical muse kept calling. When she moved to New York she honed her performing skills at open mic jazz clubs such as Smalls and the Metropolitan Room, eventually venturing out with her own shows at Don't Tell Mama and The Duplex. In 2016 she sought out a musical partner to form a jazz band and met pianist and arranger Nich Mueller. This partnership formed the band and led to a residency at the Manhattan Inn and the Montauk Club, where they established their swinging "little big band" sound. Juliet has garnered her passion of swing music and the glamour of the jazz age fashion to bring new life and unique interpretation to American classics.
Swing Dance at the Montauk Club
The Juliet Varnedoe Sextet played a six run series residency at the historic Montauk Club in Park Slope Brooklyn. Built in 1894, this beautiful setting was the prefect environment for swing dancers to come dance on a traditional wooden ballroom floor. This series further established the style and sound of her band.