Ark-bound duo Tuck & Patti: You are either a fan, or you will be soon
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 www.theark.org or 761-1800.