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Award-winning Jazz Artist to Perform in Cambridge

Dara Tucker, a rising jazz artist, will be performing with her band on Friday, September 27th at a private residence in Cambridge, IL.


From opening for Gregory Porter, to appearing on the Tavis Smiley Show, to winning the silver medal & the Ben Tucker Jazz Award in the prestigious, “American Traditions Competition” (2017), Dara Tucker is making her mark in the world of creative, exploratory music with a blend of jazz, soul, Americana and traditional pop that is uniquely her own.

In the past few years alone, she was named a finalist in the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Vocal Competition, and won the “Nashville Independent Music Award” for best jazz vocalist. She has performed at the San Jose Jazz Festival, the Festival of Arts and Ideas, The Takoma Park Jazz Fest and the iRock Jazz Fest.

Dara Tucker's 5th studio album. The Seven Colors. contains a colorful mix of the 7 genres that make up her musical mosaic – jazz, blues, gospel, Americana, musical theater, pop and soul. It features noted guitarist, Charlie Hunter, who also produced the album. Since releasing her debut album in 2009, the Nashville singer has performed with Vince Gill, opened for Gregory Porter, appeared on The Tavis Smiley Show, toured the country as a member of The Charlie Hunter Trio, and has written with acclaimed blues guitarist, Keb’ Mo’.

Having performed on many of the major jazz stages in the US, including The Blue Note (NYC), Snug Harbor (New Orleans) and Scullers (Boston) with jazz luminaries such as Peter Bernstein, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Charlie Hunter and Helen Sung, Dara Tucker is poised to establish herself as one of the fresh, contemporary voices that will help to seamlessly move one of music’s greatest traditions into the 21st century.


The show will begin with a potluck dinner at 6PM, with music starting at 7PM. A $10-20 donation is suggested. In the event of cold temperatures or rain, the concert will be moved to the Bishop Hill Creative Commons, located at 309 N. Bishop Hill St, Bishop Hill, IL.


For more information please email john.r.taylor@gmail.com.


To learn more about Dara Tucker please visit daratucker.net.