A graduate of Chicago State University with a BM in Vocal 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 and in August, 2013, Margaret made her debut in Paris, France, performing at 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 performed at the African Festival of the Arts and DuSable Museum of African-American Art and the Salvation Army Kroc Center. In summer 2014, she was featured with her quartet at the Mississippi Valley Blues Fest, the Chicago Jazz Fest Neighborhood Nights and Chicago State University's popular Jazz In The Grazz.
In 2007, 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". Margaret is recognized as a RadioIndy Gold Artist for outstanding vocals on a jazz CD.
In May, 2012 Margaret partnered with musician Anderson "Sonny" Anderson and began producing the Tuesday Night Jazz Jam Revival which ran for over three years at the historic 50 Yard Line. This weekly free venue allowed musicians, students and music lovers from all over the Chicago to come together for an an evening of jazz, blues and networking. Margaret is striving to continue the legacy of Von Freeman who hosted his south side jam session for over 35 years, educating and nurturing hundreds of musicians and vocalists. As one of the founders of the new South Side Jazz Coalition, Margaret is promoting Community, Education and Unity through live performance and working to revive the now defunct South Shore Jazz Festival.
Margaret will be performing throughout the Chicagoland area in 2016. Click Performances for more information!