Jeannie Cheatham writes of a life fighting racism and sexism, of rage and resolve, misery and miracles, betrayals and triumphs, of faith almost lost in dark places , but mysteriously regained in a flash of light Her autobiography is entitled Meet Me With Your Black Drawers On
which is the title of her famous blues composition now covered by musicians all over the world.
Jeannie Cheatham was trained in both the classical tradition and in the famous Kansas City jazz tradition by some of its greatest musicians: Pete Johnson, Jay McShann and Count Basie. The great musicians of the past fifty years are there, from the Big Bands of Cab Calloway ("Minnie the Moocher"), Grover Mitchell (Count Basie band leader), Bill Tole ("New York, New York"), Big Mama Thornton ("Hound Dog") to George Lewis (MacArthur New Music Genius). Jeannie Cheatham played piano for them all. Her story is filled with personal experiences with the famous and infamous musicians of the past 60 years.
Cheatham's autobiography is the story of her 50 years and countinuing love affair and musical collaboration with her husband and band partner, Jimmy Cheatham.
The book is avaliable by ordering through Amazon, Barnes and Noble or through the University of Texas, Austin Press: