A graduate of Chicago State University with a BM in Music Performance, Margaret, affectionately known as the JazzCop to her musical family, has been singing professionally throughout the United States and Europe for over thirty years. She developed her unique vocal style and showmanship under the tutelage of world renown tenor saxophonist Von Freeman with whom she shared the stage at the Taste of Chicago, The Chicago Jazz Festival, Andy's, Pete Miller's, Pops, The Jazz Showcase, and many other venues.
As leader of her own quartet, Margaret opened for jazz pianists, Joe Sample and Chick Corea, jazz great Milt Treiner and the legendary Tower of Power to name a few. Margaret has also performed for both Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama as well as ambassadors from Russia and Poland. Margaret's debut in Paris was at the the popular jazz venue Le Baise Sale.
A regular performer at Navy Pier's Beer Garden and Lake Michigan Cruiseships, Margaret was featured with keyboardist/vocalist Michael Logan on the soundtrack of the motion picture "Pieces of A Dream. As a member of the "11 Jazzy Divas" lead by Chicago vocalist Joan Collaso, she has performed at the African Festival of the Arts, DuSable Museum of African-American Art and the Salvation Army Kroc Center. Margaret also performed with her quartet at the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest, the ChicagoJazz Fest Neighborhood Nights and Chicago State University's popular Jazz In The Grazz.
Margaret was awarded a Grindie, by Independent Radio (RadioIndy.com) for "Best Jazz Vocal Performance" on her cover of the Sade song "Pearls" which appears on her debut solo album entitled "In Full Bloom". She is recognized as a RadioIndy Gold Artist for outstanding vocals on a jazz CD. In 2017, Margaret was awarded a BIBO award for outstanding community service and nominated by the African American Alliance of the Arts for her work in producing jazz programs and performance.
In May, 2012 the South Side Jazz Coalition, led by Margaret, began producing free jazz shows, and is now presenting the Tuesday Jazz Jam on 2nd Tuesdays in partnership with the Jazz Foundation of America and saxophonist Dwayne Armstrong. This monthly venue allows musicians, students and music lovers from all over the Chicago to come together for an an evening of jazz, blues, mentoring and networking. Margaret is striving to continue the legacy of Dr. Earl LaVon Freeman who hosted his south side jam session for over 35 years, educating and nurturing hundreds of musicians and vocalists. The SSJC is a nonrofit organization, promoting Community, Education and Unity through free music events for all ages. Margaret is the music teacher for Augustus Tolton Academy, fulfilling her passion for music education in south side schools.
Margaret was awarded the "Jazz Hero of Chicago for 2018" award by the Jazz Journalists of America for her work in producing and promoting free jazz programs in under-served areas of Chicago and is a currently a co-chair for the Chicago Year of Music 2020 initiative sponsored by the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
Margaret will be performing throughout the Chicagoland area in 2019
and EVERY SATURDAY at Benny's Chop House Chicago.