Donna Tucker is truly a jazz singer's singer. She loves lyrics, makes each melody her own and, most of all, she allows you to feel the emotion in each song.
The late Frank Mantooth described Donna as "...a divine voice,sophisticated elegance...great to work with...wonderful to know..."
Sitting along side the stage, one immediately feels an enchantment of a truly remarkable artist. Tucker exudes a glamorous presence, a remarkable sense of musical stylizing, as well as a deep emotional interpretation of a song. Not only is she a remarkable stylist...check out her original songs "Won't Know 'til I Get There" and "I Like It Like That"...she's a gifted writer as well.
Along with Donna's superior musicianship and writing ability, "RIGHT AS THE RAIN" was made possible by some of the most gifted musicians in the country based in Kansas City. The unique arrangements/piano style by Leslie Maclean....the greatly talented and highly recognized Bob Bowman on bass, as well as Craig Akin,another great bass player. On saxophone and flute, Kim Park, one of jazz's incomparable talents and bring to the mix,the ever impressive Danny Embrey on guitar...add Bill Harshbarger playing his dynamic twists on clarinet... bring to this circle of elite musicians, Jerry Pollock's innate ability and talent on drums...a truly great sound.
Ms. Tucker's career has taken her from a classical pianist...yes, an accomplished oboist...a jingle singer, a university artist-in-resident... to on-camera talent in commercial television... to a photographer's dream...but, never did she stray from her passion as a jazz vocalist. Not only is she in great demand here at home...Japan became "home" to Tucker for 7 years while appearing at the Westin Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan. Tokyo TV descibed her as a favorite of guests visiting the hotel. Donna never fails to say, "My voice and my songs are who I am and I am thrilled to think that I have created a fan base around the world."
Donna Tucker has the ability to "live" a song and take you along on her journey...always wanting "just one more..."
"Tight charts, tasty selections, and the laid back, self-assured lower register of Donna Tucker introduces this new (to me) jazz singer via "Donna Tucker -Right as the Rain", her latest CD....sung most convincingly by an emotional, lyrical...Tucker....I hope I'll have the opportunity to hear Donna....in person sometime soon. She phrases really well, has a good sense of how to play with the rhythm(s), and emerges with her own style and sound. It's always a good sign when someone asks you, "Who does she remind you of?"...and you can't think of an answer. A very good sign."
-CAROL COMER, JAM MAGAZINE KANSAS CITY
"RIGHT AS THE RAIN" is an example of a first class production with an exceptional selection of songs the world will want to hear again and again...
Kansas City has become a second home for Tucker. Be sure to look for her at Jardine's...as well as the Blue Room in the Jazz District. You can find her with a big band as well as a trio....she's enchanting.