Jazz on the Move: Dara Tucker Presenting the Life and Music of Nancy Wilson

Join us for Jazz on the Move at the Frist Art Museum on Sunday, March 17, 2024 for a spectacular performance by Dara Tucker exploring the work of Nancy Wilson! The concert begins at 3:00pm CST (Doors open at 2:30pm).



About Nancy Wilson:

Nancy Wilson was a renowned 3-time Grammy-winning vocalist with more than 70 albums to her credit. Born on February 20, 1937, in Chillicothe, Ohio, USA. With a career spanning over five decades, she established herself as one of the most versatile and accomplished singers in jazz, blues, and pop music. Wilson’s distinctive voice, marked by its smooth timbre and impeccable phrasing, captivated audiences worldwide.

She rose to prominence in the late 1950s and early 1960s with hits like “Guess Who I Saw Today” and “How Glad I Am,” which earned her critical acclaim and multiple Grammy Awards, including Best R&B Recording and Best Female Vocal Performance. Wilson’s ability to infuse emotion and storytelling into her performances set her apart as a consummate artist.

Beyond her musical talents, Wilson was also an actress, appearing in films and television shows throughout her career. Her charisma and elegance on stage earned her admiration from both fans and fellow musicians alike. Throughout her life, she remained a beloved figure in the jazz community, inspiring countless artists with her impeccable style and timeless recordings.


About Dara Tucker:

Jazz singers have made immeasurable contributions to the history of American music, and female jazz vocalists especially played an important role throughout the country’s jazz music history. One such influential American jazz singer is Nashville-based Dara Tucker. A rising American jazz singer, songwriter and pianist, Tucker has already won popularity among a large audience with her rich and emphatic voice and impressive stylistic range. She has received a number of accolades for her studio albums and tracks. With a blend of soul, Americana, Gospel and her typical style of jazz, Tucker is poised to make her mark in the world of jazz and beyond. In an interview, a multi-talented performer described herself as: “I’m a jazz singer, but I also mesh that with R & B and soul, and singer-songwriter elements, and Broadway and theater elements. I feel pretty comfortable calling it jazz, though it does deviate in many ways.

Gospel was the music of choice in the Tucker family, and Dara Tucker grew up singing gospel with her brothers and sisters in churches across the country. In spite of strict upbringing in the Tucker household, she gained expertise in many different styles of singing. Describing Dara Tucker’s singing talent, The Wall Street Journal’s Marc Myers said, “I can’t remember the last time I heard a new vocalist who impressed me so completely as Tucker. She has a beautiful, soulful voice, and her original songs are honest and innocent personal expressions backed by languid arrangements and skilled playing.”