Currently a senior at Chicago State University majoring in Classical Voice and Jazz Piano, Margaret, affectionately known as "M & M" to her musical family, has been singing professionally throughout the United States and Europe for over twenty-five 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 and jazz great Milt Treiner. As regular performers at the world famous House of Blues in Chicago, her band recently opened for the legendary Tower of Power. Margaret has performed for both Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama as well as ambassadors from Russia and Poland.
Margaret performed annually with her quartet at Navy Pier's Beer Garden, on the Chicago Lake Michigan Cruiselines and was featured with keyboardist/vocalist Michael Logan, on the soundtrack of the motion picture "Pieces of A Dream. In August, 2013, Margaret made her debut in Paris, France, performing at the popular jazz venue Le Baise Sale. As a member of the "11 Jazzy Divas" lead by Chicago vocalist Joan Collaso, she has performed at the African Festival of the Arts and DuSable Museum of African-American Art.
Margaret was awarded a Grindie, by Independent Radio (RadioIndy.com) for "Best Jazz Vocals" 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 and production on a jazz CD.
In May, 2012 Margaret began hosting the Tuesday Night Jazz Jam Revival. This weekly free venue allows musicians, students and music lovers from all over the Chicago to come together for an an evening of jazz, blues and networking. Margaret hopes to continue the legacy of Von Freeman who hosted his south side jam session for over 35 years, educating and nuturing hundreds of musicians and vocalists.
Margaret will be performing for the Chicago Jazz Festival Neighborhood Nights on August 1st! Click Performances for more information!