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Jeordie & The Mixology Project is the name of the band that Jeordie uses anytime she plays with a full band. After parting ways with Jason Messer in December 2008, Jeordie tried to assemble a traditional band but instead, frustrated with the difficulties in securing a specific lineup, she created "The Mixology Project," where she could blend her music with various musicians, instruments, and sounds. The idea was to perform with other talented musicians at different gigs to capture an eclectic mix of different musical styles with various instruments, including a cellist and a trumpeter. The result was an instant creative success, and Jeordie began another prolific stretch of writing new songs.

By May 2009, Jeordie and Dr. Mojo (drums) began performing regularly. Additionally, she had known Chad MacDonald (bass) through their joint ventures with her "Harmony Drive" and his "Vinyl Revival," so the three of them formed the nucleus of the project. Eventually, Dr. Mojo recruited Ivory James (guitar) into a regular rotation with the band, and the quartet have performed more shows as "Jeordie & The Mixology Project" than any other line-up.

Although the core members are somewhat established, they frequently welcome any number of guest musicians at many of their performances, most notably Dr. Nick (formerly of Third Eye Blind), Kooze (formerly of The Gin Blossoms), and Beau Jarred Schekeryk (Jeordie's brother).

In January 2010, the band started laying tracks for a forthcoming album. These recordings have become known within the band as the "Dollar Store Find" sessions, per Kay's suggestion. The practice of giving studio sessions a title (which may or may not be used for the album itself) was inspired by TBC. Throughout the year, Jeordie recorded in ACME Recording Studio in Scottsdale, with her other bandmates in Phoenix, and with Johnny Zapp in Chandler. The band completed recordings of "Pre-You," "Walking Away," "Want What You Want," "Don't Go (Breaking My Fall)," "TLC," "The Unwaken," "Look What They've Done To My Song Ma," "Fences," "My Love," "Jolene," "The Wind," and others. After 18 months, the band completed its first release Vol. 1 "XO" in September 2011, and immediately started recording tracks at Uranus Recording Studio in Tempe for its next album.

On December 18, 2010, Jeordie & The Mixology Project shared the stage with Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers, Cheech Marin, Glenn Campbell, and many others, when they performed at the 10th Annual Christmas Pudding concert. They performed "Tonight's The Kind of Night," an extra special Christmas song written by Melanie Safka (Melanie watched from backstage as her children performed the song in front of 3,000+ people).

On May 13, 2011, Jeordie & The Mixology Project opened the "Rock The Waterfront" concert in Scottsdale, headlined by Bret Michaels. The performance turned out to be especially challenging since Chad MacDonald suffered a broken leg 23 hours before the show in a bike accident and he was in surgery during the band's set. Luckily, the show was set to be the first performance with Tim Karplus on keyboards, so he was able to alternate between keys and bass as needed. Incredibly, Chad MacDonald performed with the band one week later despite limited mobility.


In the Mix:Edit

Vocals & Rhythm guitar: Jeordie Schekeryk
Lead guitar & backing vocals: Ivory James
Bass & backing vocals: Chad MacDonald
Drums & percussion: Dr. Mojo

Add-ins & Other Flavors:

  • Trumpet: Jeremy Stokes
  • Cello: Sean Clark
  • Saxophone: AJ Lone
  • Ukulele: Tommie Victor
  • Classic Guitar: Beau Jared Shekeryk
  • Lead Guitar: Nick Dement MD
  • Lead Guitar: Steve Rush
  • Keyboards: Tim Karplus
  • Keyboards: Norm Herd
  • Bass: Stephen Sellars
  • Drums & percussion: Dave Cates
  • Drums & percussion: Scott "Kooze" Kusmirek
  • Percussion: Larry Schneider
  • Percussion: Dr. David Fox DDS (aka Bongo Dave)

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