After a move to Michigan in 2001, I took a plunge into entrepreneurship and developed my own wine label, SOLTERRA. Also, I began to pursue my dream of producing my own musical recording. I had the great fortune of joining the Cliff Monear Trio, a terrific jazz trio headed by Cliff Monear, a superbly gifted jazz pianist, along with Nick Calandro (bass) and Scott Kretzer (drums). I poured my heart into the CD, "Crazy He Calls Me" striving to make the words count and the moods linger in a selection of timeless tunes that I am "crazy" about.
MARLENA STUDER: Breaking into the business of wine and song
Over the years, I have sung in a number of venues – but it wasn't until I spent ten years in New Orleans that a passion for jazz got into my blood. While doing my "day gig" as Sociology Professor at Tulane University, I was invited to sing with the big band, Jubilation! and I was hooked. My appetite for performing jazz standards has grown exponentially since then. I have had opportunities to sing with several bands since then, in Washington DC and Ann Arbor.