Tuck and Patti (and me!)
Tuck and Patti, the critically acclaimed vocal/guitar jazz duo, has always been a big influence on my musical career. I first learned about them through a newspaper ad for their first CD when I was at Rose Records, the longtime Chicago music store on Wabash Ave. Their unique takes on jazz standards and pop tunes really inspired me and I listened to them for hours each day. The more recordings they made the more I became fascinated with them.
After listening to them and seeing them perform for many years imagine how thrilled and honored I was to have the opportunity to open up for them last year at SPACE in Evanston. Following the performance, we connected, talked music and discussed the possibility of working together on a new project.
Well I am happy to announce that the project officially becomes a reality in mid-March when I travel to San Francisco to work with Tuck and Patti on my next CD. We have already started working on the overall vision and specific tunes but have a lot more work to do over Skype this next month. I plan on documenting the project here in my blog so that you can follow along with the process.
It is such an honor to be working with such legendary artists and also such wonderful people. In addition to producing the recording Patti has offered to sing backup on a few tunes and Tuck may play guitar on a track or two. The CD will showcase stripped down and unique versions of some of my favorite standards and pop classics.
As you know independent CD's are quite expensive to make so I am asking for some help to make this dream a reality. Every little bit helps so I setup a Go Fund Me page to help me offset some of the costs. I really appreciate all of your support and to show my gratitude I am offering some different benefit levels for your contribution. Thank you as always for your encouragement and I look forward to sharing the journey of this exciting new project!