Born: April 11 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
I come from a family of known jazz musicians. My father, Jack Oatts, was one of the first jazz educators in Iowa. Music was always around... mostly jazz. My brothers, Jim and Dick Oatts, are also internationally known and respected jazz artists.
Before I took up singing, I was blowin' my tenor sax in jazz band and playing' a duet with Clark Terry at a jazz festival on my clarinet. I think playing a horn has had a great influence on my singing. I've tried to approach singing from an instrumental mindset. Space is just as important as sound.
After attending college, I began a studio career producing and singing jingles and industrials with a voice-over thrown in on occasion. I spent seven years teaching music theory, vocal studio techniques and being coordinator of the ensemble dept. at MusicTech College in downtown St. Paul. Currently, I'm the Assistant Director of Education at IPR (Institute of Production & Recording) in downtown Minneapolis. You can find me performing at various night spots in the Twin Cities singing mainstream/cool jazz....
Meant For You
Tracks: 1. A Foggy Day; 2. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To; 3. Sugar; 4. Easy Street; 5. I've Got The World On A String; 6. The Very Thought Of You; 7. Too Close For Comfort; 8. Undecided; 9. Blame It On My Youth; 10. Waltz For Debbie; Meant For You.
Personnel: Sue Tucker: Vocal; Rick Carlson, Ricky Peterson: Piano; Kent Saunders: Guitar; Gordy Johnson, Steve Pikal: Bass; Gordy Knudtson, Brett Forberg: Drums; Doug Haining: Reeds; Jim Oatts: Trumpet.
May I Come In
Tracks: 1. The Best Thing For You; 2. If You Don't See It Too; 3. May I Come In; 4. It Could Happen To You; 5. Like Someone In Love; 6. I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life; 7. You Turned The Tables On Me; 8. Long Ago And Far Away; 9. Any Old Thing That You Like; 10. I'll Remember April; 11. The Gentleman Is A Dope.
Personnel: Sue Tucker: Vocal; Ted Rosenthal: Piano; Kent Saunders: Guitar; Paul Gill: Bass; Andy Watson: Drums; Dick Oatts: Reeds; Joe Magnarelli: Trumpet; John Mosca: Trombone; Marc Anderson: Percussion.
Tracks: 1. Just A Sittin' And A Rockin'; 2. Will You Still Be Mine; 3. Lullaby In Rhythm; 4. Day Dream; 5. Whisper Not; 6. When Lights Are Low; 7. Exactly Like You; 8. That Old Feeling; 9. Bye Bye Baby; 10. Beautiful Love; 11. Under A Blanket Of Blue; 12. Soon; 13. Why Did I Choose You.
Personnel: Sue Tucker: Vocal; Tanner Taylor: Piano; Kent Saunders: Guitar; Gary Raynor: Bass; Luis Santiago: Congas.
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