In Perfect Harmony

by Jody Godoy '05

"The goal of the School of Music's Artist Concert Series is to bring in world class artists to inspire our students and to provide a cultural resource to the Azusa community," said John Sutton, assistant professor in APU's School of Music. These goals were dually realized on September 23 at the series' first concert of the year when attendees had the chance to enjoy the music of Tuck & Patti, a jazz duo that have been compared to Ella Fitzgerald and Joe Pass.

Performing together for 25 years, this husband and wife team believes that music is about "being as honest and in the moment as you can be." Their commitment that every song "speak to and be played from our hearts," was readily evident in their dynamic stage presence and high level of rapport with the audience.

Working without a preconceived set list, the artists delivered their own renditions of popular favorites such as "My Romance" and "Time After Time," as well as many original pieces. Tuck's jaw-dropping guitar work and Patti's soul-stirring vocals exhibited their broad technical knowledge resulting from years of serious musicianship.

Sutton had seen them in person a few times prior, and "knew they would really connect with students and take them to new realizations of what's possible in making music."

"They were both extremely talented, but the way they worked together was unbelievable. They interacted as if the two of them were one," said music major Troy Welstad '05.

And yet, the couple said there are still "lots of surprises" in performing together. Besides their commitment to following the moment and playing music with a positive message, the duo makes it their goal to dedicate "every aspect of our music and business to God." For the audience, Tuck and Patti's integrity as musicians and people translated to what Sutton called "an experience of truth, of beauty, of love, and of healing through God's gift of music."

The next concert in the Artist Concert Series will take place November 11, and features pianist Rebecca Penneys. For more information, contact APU's School of Music at (626) 815-3848.