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For Eugenie Jones, the path to jazz started with a search for healing

Eugenie Jones
courtesy of the artist

Eugenie Jones grew up in the church in West Virginia — her father a deacon, her mother a soprano in the choir. But it wasn't until many years later that Jones got the call to become a singer herself.

After her mother passed away, she needed a way to "hear" her again, and that's when Eugenie found her voice, starting her next chapter of life as a vocalist.

In a recent conversation, I spoke with Jones about her dedication to singing; a new album of original compositions that tell her story, in her own words; and the ambitious route she took to get there.

Eugenie Jones interview with Nicole Sweeney

From NEA Jazz Masters to some of the baddest cats in town, (including WBGO's own Bobby Sanabria), Jones carefully selected each musician to accompany her on this new musical journey. She is serious about her craft, and even more excited to share her new music with you.

For more information about Eugenie Jones, visit her website.

Nicole Sweeney is a Queens-born, Long Island-raised music lover. Growing up in New York with West Indian parents, she was surrounded by all types of music every day and the influence of jazz was constant.