Together Again: Marguerite Juenemann and Jim Ridl

Together Again: Marguerite Juenemann and Jim Ridl

Marguerite Juenemann – Vocals
Jim Ridl – Piano
Mark Simon – Bass
Paul Romaine – Drums

Longtime musical partners reunite for an indelible evening of masterful jazz compositions and lyrical soloing. A former member of Rare Silk along with all of her bandmates, Marguerite Juenemann sings original lyrics to timeless classics by Bill Evans, Carla Bley, Eddie Harris, Thelonious Monk, Joni Mitchell and more, while Jim Ridl adds his own inimitable works to the mix. With an abundance of seasoned musical camaraderie gracing the stage, this is one reunion you won’t want to miss!

Vocalist, lyricist, and arranger Marguerite Juenemann is much more than a jazz singer. A dynamic performer, she can captivate an audience with her expressive solos. An experienced musician, she knows when and how to use her voice as an instrument within a group.

Juenemann was a founding member of the Boulder-based vocal jazz group Rare Silk, originally a female trio that 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. In 1983, their album New Weave was nominated for a Grammy award.

Juenemann left New York in 1988 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 1997. That position opened up other venues for her talents, such as conducting a vocal octet symphonic requiem 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; and serving as an adjudicator and guest conductor for the New Hampshire All-State High School Honors Choirs. In addition, she also performed with jazz great Clark Terry.

Now truly a solo artist, Juenemann brings to her listeners and to her musical peers a background of rich experience, an uncompromising commitment to quality, and a unique approach that sets her apart as a vocal instrumentalist. She says, “I want the music to reach a wide audience, that entertains but also challenges people to hear the human voice as a musical instrument, rather than only as a vehicle for melody and lyrics.”

Jim Ridl is in high demand as a New York City jazz pianist, composer, teacher, and band leader. His ongoing residency at the internationally known jazz club 55 Bar is in its fifth year, where he and his quartet perform his original compositions monthly. From 1994-2004, Jim performed with jazz guitar legend Pat Martino, receiving critically acclaimed reviews of performances around the world, and producing four outstanding recordings: Interchange, Night Wings, The Maker and Nexus. Today, Ridl has performed worldwide with a variety of jazz artists, including the Joe Locke Quartet, the Dave Liebman Big Band, the Paul Jost Quartet and the Mingus Big Band. He has toured with the US State Department’s American Music Abroad program, performing in Russia, South Korea, China, the Philippines, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Slovenia, and Malta. As a composer and leader, Jim has released 7 recordings, the latest entitled Door in a Field, Vol. 2: Songs of the Green River.

Jim was a Princeton University Visiting Artist for three separate semesters, coaching jazz ensembles in repertoire and performance. Jim continues as an adjunct educator in Jazz Piano Studies at The City College of New York and the New York Jazz Workshop in Manhattan.


Nov 15 2019


7:00 pm - 8:15 pm


$10, $15, $25


Dazzle @ Baur's
1512 Curtis Street, Denver, CO, 80202


(303) 839-5100