Roger Tucker & 3/4 STEP

Roger Tucker & 3/4 STEP

Detroit, Michigan, USA
BandJazz

Professional Jazz and Standards band with exceptional musicians of world class experience. Dynamic vocalist, two band members are also members of Motown's Legendary Recording Band, The Funk Brothers.

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Biography

ROGER TUCKER
A native of Winston-Salem, NC now residing in Detroit, MI. Like many famous vocalists, Roger began singing in the church. At the age of twelve, he joined the "Heaven Bound Singers". Since that time singing became his passion. The opportunity to perform in front of an audience is a lifelong dream.

His career in sales helped him to hone in his business acumen. Under the umbrella of his independent label and publishing company, "T-Jazz Records" and "Atterol Music Publishing Company", Roger released his first CD entitled, "Sack Full of Dreams" with his band, "3/4 STEP", (pronounced Three Quarter Step), all of whom are exceptionally talented musicians. His sagacious decisions and uncanny sound landed him center stage at The Palace performing the National Anthem on many occasions for the Detroit Pistons and singing a duet with Kim Weston, (It Takes Two) that was a hit sung by Marvin Gaye and Ms. Weston. Roger's sultry voice and ebullient personality won "Best Male Jazz Vocalist" at the 2009 Detroit Black Music Awards.

Roger's voice was once compared to "Silk sheets sliding across the body". His vocal style rests in the upper echelon of other noted male vocalist such as Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Jesse Belvin, or Al Jarreau. As quoted by Frank Rubolino, Cadence Magazine, "Roger has a unique and refreshing vocal style. He has an easy manner that seems to allow the words to flow effortlessly. His tone is clear, precise and his delivery is touching. Roger gives all of his songs a personal charm through his choice of phrasing and word accenting. You will unquestionably like the stylized voice of Roger L. Tucker".

"Always", Roger's latest release, a single, can be described as "classic" and "timeless". It is a beautiful love song dedicated to those who lost loved ones in the September 11, 2001 tragedy. This is a must hear song, if you listen, you will remember "Always" and Roger L. Tucker.

ROBERT JONES
Born in Detroit, MI, he began playing piano at the age of Eight-years old and grew to master his skills on the keyboard as well. On his journey to success his talented hands accompanied other great artists such as Mary Wilson, The Contours, The Platters, The Drifters, Ben E King and Peter Frampton. In the year 2004 Robert Jones became one of Motown's finest keyboard players for the Legendary Funk Brothers. He has toured all over the US, Canada, Eqypt, Isreal, Turkey, Greece and Spain with many renown vocalist and musicians. Rob has written, arranged and/or composed music with Charles Hawkins, Roger Tucker and Don Mayberry. His recordings include Marla Jackson, Charles Davis, Peter Frampton and Roger Tucker. His style and sound is uniquely smooth and appreciated by may known artist. Robert Jones continues to perfect his talent and skills as he performs at venues in the Metro area such as Baker's Keyboard Lounge, Club Bart's, Campus Martius, Bert's Theatre and Masonic Temple.

KENNETH "SPIDER WEBB" RICE
A major influence in the new rhythms of today's music is the unique drum style of Spider Webb. His inventive playing is being heard on hit records, concerts and TV shows by name Singers, Jazz and R&B around the world.

Spider Webb whose real name is Kenneth Rice, began playing drums at a early age in his home town of Detroit, MI. Spider recorded with United Artist and Holland-Dozier-Holland in his early teens. He then moved to New York in 1967 where he quickly gained prominence as a studio drummer and was hired on the spot by the late great recording artist King Curtis and the Kingpins.

The next high point in his career was when he became the drummer for Harry Belafonte, from 1969 - 1971 which included playing three extensive engagements in the main room of Caesar's Palace in Los Vegas, NV. Two albums were recorded while with Belafonte, "Calypso Carnival" and "Live in Toronto" both on RCA Records. Spider moved to Los Angeles later in 1971 to work with Famed Jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo.

Work followed with guitarist David T. Walker along with studio session work with all the major record companies. Another important achievement came in 1972 at the Seventh Annual International Song Festival while playing with David Clayton Thomas featuring the Sanctuary Band, which took place in Rio De Janiero. The band took 1st Place honors there. In 1974 Spider completed a tour with dance stylist Tony Basil and the company called the Lockers featuring Fred Berry. This was opening act for the Frank Sinatra Show. In 1974 performed at the first Kool Jazz Festival with Sonny Stitt (alto sax), Sonny Burke (piano), Kenny Burrell (guitar) and Chuck Rainy (bass). First In Concert Series in California with Jazz Artist Gabor Szabo (guitar) in 1971. In 1973 played at the first Midnight Special with David Clayton Thomas (formally of Blood Sweet and Tears). In 1979 Spider moved to Boulder, CO.

 

Lyrics

Always

Written By: Roger Tucker - Lyrics & Vocal Arrangement, Robert Jones - Music

Just like birds that fly so high
And rainbows are in the sky
Just as leaves blow in the wind
Just as little babies cry
Days and nights go by
And winter turns into spring

Long as there's a moon up in the sky
People walking by
Flowers bloom in early May
You will be in my heart
Always

Just as boy grows into man
And pebbles are in the sand
Just as roses symbolize love
Just as fish swim the seas
And honey is made by bees
And the heavens are right up above

Long as there's a moon up in the sky
People walking by
Flowers bloom in early May
You will be in my heart
Always

Just like birds that fly so high
And rainbows are in the sky
Just as leaves blow in the wind
Just as little babies cry
Days and nights go by
And winter turns into spring

Long as there's a moon up in the sky
People walking by
Flowers bloom in early May
You will be in my heart
Always
You will be in my heart
Always
You will be in my heart
Always, Always, Always, Always, Always

The Night That I Fell In Love

Written By: Roger Tucker - Lyrics & Vocal Arrangement, Robert Jones - Music

I was sitting alone minding my own
You came along
Did not know what to say
I never felt this way
Something is wrong
I wanted to speak but I felt so weak
Something inside, what's this thing
Am I being pushed, pushed too high
High on a swing

I guess the feeling was right
There was a full moon that night
Shining down from above
And that was the night
The night that I fell in love

You looked at me, now how could this be
Words never fell me before
Then to my hearts surprise
The look in your eyes
Said for love, look no more

I guess, the feeling was right
There was a full moon that night
It was shining down from above
And Oh, that was the night
The night that I fell in love

Yes, the feeling was right
There was a full moon that night
It was shining down from above
And oh, that was the night
The night that I fell in love

You looked at me, now how could this be
Words never fell me before
But to my hearts surprise
The look in your eyes
Said for love, look no more

Yes, the feeling was right
There was a full moon that night
It was shining down from above
And oh, that was the night
The night that I fell in love

Yes, the feeling was right
There was a full moon that night
It was shining down from above
And oh, that was the night
The night that I fell in love

Sleep Me Safe

Written By: Roger Tucker - Lyrics & Vocal Arrangement, Robert Jones - Music

Since I first stepped onto this foreign land
I try to focus on the task at hand
Yet, my mind is constantly on you
My buddies are falling all around me
Some never get up again
And I pray that God will grant another day in my life
And that you'd be proud of my sacrifice

Sleep me safe
As you lie down for the night
Thoughts of us together again
Will help me survive this fight
And your dreams will fill my heart
As they travel through time and space
Sleep me safe
Until I'm home again
Soon, I'll leave this place
Sleep me safe

As daylight comes to a close
And I've survived another day
I thank God and I begin to pray
And just before I close my eyes
To rest in this place
I know that God hears me
As you smile back at me
Through my pillowcase, so. . .

Sleep me safe
As you lie down for the night
Thoughts of us together again
Will help me survive this fight
And your dreams will fill my heart
As they travel through time and space
Sleep me safe
Until I'm home again
Soon, I'll leave this place
Sleep me safe

Sleep me safe
As you lie down for the night
Sleep me safe
Until the morning light
Sleep me safe
Until I'm home again
Sleep me safe
Sleep me safe
Until I'm home again
Sleep me safe

Discography

Sack Full of Dreams - CD
Always - Single
Sleep Me Safe - Single
Airplay in local Detroit market as well as Chicago and other areas.

Set List

Our sets are typically one (1) hour each.

Song list included but not limited to the following:
Anything in the Real Books

VOCALS - JAZZ/STANDARDS:
It's All Right With Me
Better Than Anything
Sack Full of Dreams
How High The Moon
What's New
For Sentimental Reasons
Unforgettable
That's All
Golden Lady
Route 66
Misty
Beyond The Sea
Teach Me Tonight
Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
Autumn Serande
What A Wonderful World
Beginning To See The Light
Making Whoopie
Mona Lisa
Them There Eyes
Since I Fell For You
Smile
Hello Detroit
Got A Lot Of Living To Do
Blue Moon
My Favorite Things
Autumn Leaves
Gee, Baby Ain't I Good To You
My Way

R&B/POP:
The Night That I Fell In Love
Always
Sleep Me Safe
Suddenly It's Clear
I Think I'll Stay Home Today
Let Me Be Good To You
Sailing
Lovely Day
So Amazing
Easy Like Sunday Morning
Stuck On You
You And I
Use Me
Never Gonna Give You Up
Love Will Find A Way
After All
Distracted
You Send Me
Don't You Know Tha