Tuck and Patti are a musical marriage unparalleled in jazz. Patti Cathcart’s gospel-tinged voice can sear and soar. And Tuck Andress’ unique guitar playing evokes lush orchestras and ultra-funky R&B bands. It’s no wonder they’ve shared the stage with Miles, Dizzy, Ella, and dozens more jazz luminaries. But it may come as a surprise that Patti jammed with Jimi Hendrix in her Bay Area youth and Tuck toured with the GAP band for four years, his “graduate degree in soul music.” If you haven’t experienced the magic of this duo, you’ll be a lifelong fan after this concert.
Andress and Cathcart first met in the Bay Area in 1978. They knew almost instantly they that found lifetime musical partners in each other, so they formed a duo, guitarist and vocalist. Friendship and collaboration grew to love, and the two were married in 1981. Their recording career took off when Windham Hill Jazz signed them for 1988's groundbreaking Tears of Joy. This and several other Windham Hill albums put them on the map, and they've been solidifying their career, their musical conversation, their technique, and their love together ever since. They now have their own recording studio, as well as their own label, T&P Records, which licenses their CDs to major labels for distribution around the world. They tour Asia and Europe often, and they enjoy taking occasional time off from touring to teach at their Bay Area home, as well as doing workshops while on tour.