Singer and pianist Ellyn Rucker's great pianistic skills and
her sensuous voice belie her late start as a jazz performer.
She started playing piano when she was eight; ten years
later she was studying classical piano at Drake University.
Jazz music was in her life as a teenager, but she did not
start performing as a singer-pianist until 1979. In the
ensuing time she was an ordinary mother, raising a family,
and playing infrequently.
She was born and raised in Des Moines, but calls Denver
her musical home. Though she is a fixture in Colorado, and
she has made many European tours, played many festivals,
and appeared in many clubs across America, her name is
not well-known to the general jazz fan