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Posted on Mon, Aug 19, 2013 : 1:43 p.m.

Ark-bound duo Tuck & Patti: You are either a fan, or you will be soon

By Roger LeLievre


Tuck & Patti

Tuck Andress and Patti Cathcart have been musical and marital partners for nearly 35 years, and it shows. As Tuck & Patti, they bring their superb vocal/guitar jazz sounds to The Ark Saturday night.

The Oklahoma-born Tuck built his jazz technique pretty much on his own, and got what he calls a “graduate degree in soul music” during a stint with funk heroes The Gap Band.

When he met Bay Area vocalist and songwriter Cathcart at a 1978 band audition, both knew they were destined to be together. “Within a few seconds of hearing her sing,” recalls Tuck, “I knew I had found my lifetime musical partner.”

Patti agrees. “I immediately knew that the band wasn't happening, but that I was going to steal the guy playing guitar in the corner.”

Tuck & Patti -inspired in part by jazz greats Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald - released their first album of crossover jazz in 1988. "Patti writes and arranges - I am just the orchestra," Tuck says modestly.

Their covers are also superb. Check out their version of The Beatles’ “In My Life” and prepare to be swept away by their musical charms.

Tuck & Patti perform at The Ark, 316 S. Main St., at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. Tickets are $20. Details at or 761-1800.


tom swift jr.

Tue, Aug 20, 2013 : 1:12 a.m.

I've been listening to these folks for years, they are just fantastic!

Blue Marker

Mon, Aug 19, 2013 : 8:44 p.m.

They do a cover of Jimmy Hendrix Castles in the Sand and Angle mixed together. The songs lend themselves very well to this arrangement.


Mon, Aug 19, 2013 : 7:58 p.m.

Wow, that headline. A tad presumptuous, are we?

Jessica Webster

Mon, Aug 19, 2013 : 6:27 p.m.

I am already a fan, no doubt about it. What an incredible musical partnership those two have. I've loved their work since the first Windham Hill release. They're both kind, lovely people as well. This should be an excellent show.