Jazz From Home: Dara Tucker & Greg Bryant
While we’re all practicing social distancing and live performances are on hold, here’s a gift from the Nashville Jazz Workshop. Jazz From Home is a curated series of live performances from some of the city’s finest established and emerging jazz artists. The series will feature some names you know and some you don’t know, with a variety of music limited only by the ingenuity of the artist.
The next program in the series features a duo performance from Dara Tucker & Greg Bryant in a 25-minute concert recorded live in their home. The concert will be streamed on YouTube Live. Join us on YouTube Wednesday, April 22 at 7pm for this great concert!
About Dara Tucker:
Dara Tucker is a charismatic singer, pianist, and composer whose music touches upon acoustic jazz and R&B. Born in Tulsa to a musical family, Tucker is the daughter of gospel singer and minister Doyle Tucker and vocalist Linda Tucker. Along with her seven siblings, Tucker, who began taking piano lessons at age eight, grew up performing gospel music with her family. Although music was an early passion, after high school she majored in International Business and German Studies at Oral Roberts University. It wasn’t until working as an au pair in Switzerland in 2003 that she began writing her own music, an experience that ultimately led her to move to Nashville and pursue a music career. In 2009, Tucker released her debut album of jazz standards, All Right Now. Two years later, she returned with the crossover jazz and R&B-infused Soul Said Yes, featuring guitarist Charlie Hunter. In 2014, Tucker delivered her third solo album, the acoustic jazz-influenced The Sun Season, which included backing from guitarist Peter Bernstein, pianist Helen Sung, and others.
About Greg Bryant:
Born in Nashville, Greg Bryant became aware of music at an early age and gravitated towards the sounds of jazz, Blues, and R&B – being drawn to artists like Herbie Hancock, Weather Report, Miles Davis, BB King, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, and James Brown. He studied piano as a child, did hip-hop as a teenager, and began playing bass in college in 1998. Bryant co-led and formed The Human Sound and the Cornerstone Jazz Trio. These musical units encouraged and provided the outlet for his musical discovery. While living in the Washington DC area for a time, participation in jazz club HR-57s jam sessions ignited the desire and passion in him to form his own group.