Margaret McDuffie, a local jazz vocalist, will be joined by Steve Raleigh on guitar, T. Xiques on drums, and Jim Curtin on bass, whom she has referred to as "three fine gentlemen with an excellent sense of direction through that special place in time and space that is blues, country swing, folk, funk and jazz."
Margaret is a songwriting, blues and jazz singer engaged in music in the Hudson Valley for about twenty years, performing at local venues such as The Falcon in Marlboro, the Towne Crier Cafe, Dogwood Bar, and the Philipstown Depot Theater Music Tracks Series.
Though a songwriter at heart, she became known in the region as a jazz singer after working with Ed Diehl, Mike Demicco, Lou Pappas, Art Labriola, and several other regional players. After collaborating many times with guitarist Steve Raleigh, she began to write music again, and since then has been recording and writing a blend of jazz, blues, 60s R&B and folk.
Margaret will be presenting songs from two recordings she is currently making. One, as she puts it, is “a bluesier rendering of the troubles of our time, and the other a folky-jazz that speaks to the heart about inspiration and compassion.” She will also most likely play a few jazz ballads.
Margaret McDuffie’s first CD ‘Under A Spell’ is original blues with a feel for jazz, “and while I'm about to finish a second record, more jazzy and personal with some standards as well as originals, coming right down the pike after that is a darker rustic blues collection. There's a lot of writing going on all the time. There are also a lot of instruments I love to play, but I'm mostly at the mic - thanks to the amazing players behind me!”
"Under A Spell" brings together Hudson Valley players Steve Raleigh on guitar, Mark Murphy on bass, Sara Milonovich on fiddle, Ross Rice on the Hammond organ, T. Xiques on drums, and Esther Knudson on back-up vocals. Also featured are Jim Curtin on bass and Dean Sharp on drums. The CD was produced by Todd Giudice at his Roots Cellar Recording Studio in Cold Spring, N.Y.
Tickets are $15 and are available at BrownPaperTickets until Saturday, June 10th at 3 pm. After that, call 845 528-7280 to reserve seats that can be purchased at the door. Refreshments will be available.