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Sue Oatts (Tucker)

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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

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Back Home

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2007
Track listing: Just A Sittin And A Rockin'; Will You Still Be Mine?; Lullaby In Rhythm; Day Dream; Whisper Not; When Lights Are Low; Exactly Like You; That Old Feeling; Bye Bye Baby; Beautiful Love; Under A Blanket Of Blue; Soon; Why Did I Choose You?

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Sue Tucker: Back Home

Read "Back Home" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone


For her third album, singer Sue Tucker wanted to try something different. Her concept was to explore a more earthy jazz vocal album in which “jazz meets the gravel road" through the use of rhythm guitar instead of drums. She was also seeking less familiar tunes with great melodies and lyrics that apply to today's environment--and ...

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Whisper Not

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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2007
Duration: 03:09

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May I Come In

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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2004
Duration: 05:10

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The Best Thing For You

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Label: Self Produced
Released: 2004
Duration: 04:05

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May I Come In

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2004
Track listing: The Best Thing For You, If You Don't See It Too, May I Come In, It Could Happen To You, Like Someone In Love, I'm Gonna Laugh You Right Out Of My Life, You Turned the Tables On Me, Long Ago(and far away), Any 'Ol Thing That You Like, I'll Remember April, The Gentleman is A Dope.

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Sue Tucker: May I Come In

Read "May I Come In" reviewed by Michael P. Gladstone


Good things come in small packages! With May I Come In, Minnesota jazz singer Sue Tucker provides nine standards and two original compositions with a first class group of musicians. She harkens back to an era when girl singers, like Chris Connor or June Christy, just sang without gimmicks or artifice, melisma or multi-tracking. Also, there ...

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Meant for You

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Released: 2001
Track listing: A Foggy Day#; You'd Be so Nice to Come to#; Sugar*; Easy Street#; I've Got the World on a String*; The Very Thought of You*; Too Close for Comfort#; Undecided*; Blame It on My Youth*; Waltz for Debbie#; Meant for You$

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Sue Tucker: Meant for You

Read "Meant for You" reviewed by Dave Nathan


Sue Tucker is one of the ever growing group of jazz singers who avoid vocal histrionics having adopted an unembellished straightforward approach to delivering the tunes they sing. There's no scatting, swooping or heavy breathing associated with their performances. They rely on fresh arrangements of standard material and are absolute masters of knowing how to enhance ...


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