Since 1997, Tara Hofmann has been entertaining jazz and blues audiences all over the DC Metro area. From concerts to coffeehouses, she has performed to acclaim in many venues including big bashes at the Ronald Reagan Building in DC, private parties on chartered cruises on the Chesapeake Bay and intimate restaurants in Northern Virginia such as Icehouse Café and Laporta's. She sings blues from the depths of her soul and adds a twist to her arrangements of jazz classics and pop tunes. Tara holds a BA in music from St. Mary's College of Maryland,a MA in Education from George Mason University and teaches music for Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia. Tara has been accompanied by some of the best musicians in the DC area, including Tom Lagana, Wade Beach, and Larry Brown and at any given performance her "friends" may vary. Her alto sound is thick and rich in her new CD, "Almost There", a potpourri of songs that demonstrate Tara's ability to sing steaming blues, jazz classics and pop tunes. The instrumentation varies from quintets to trios and the arrangements show her many musical colors. Playing with Tara on 'Almost There' are: Stan Hamrick - Springfield, VA -Bass Stan has been studying and playing music since his high school days in the 1970's. He has studied with DC area bassists and educators Tom Baldwin and Victor Dvoskin, and shared the stage with DC mainstays as Wade Beach and Larry Brown. He is currently enrolled in the Jazz Studies Program at The University of Maryland where he plays in the UM Big Band. Ed Gallagher -Sterling, VA- Guitar Ed has been playing guitar professionally for many years. As a freelance musician he plays in a wide variety of musical settings throughout the DC metro area. His daytime gig is with Siemens. Steve Offutt-Arlington, VA- Sax and Clarinet Steve is a classically trained clarinetist, and holds a BA in Music Performance and plays classical and jazz venues through Northern, VA and DC. David Hester- Silver Spring, MD-Drums A relative newcomer to the Washington D.C. area music scene, David prides himself on 'playing for the song', and always trying to play as musically, and as tastefully possible. His musical heroes run the gambit from household name artists, to wonderful 'no name' musicians who get very little public attention for their efforts - but always play beautifully. Gary Taylor - Quinque, VA - Drums Drummer Gary Taylor has been a professional rock, R&B, and jazz drummer much of his adult life. He has accompanied and/or recorded with many noted DC and Virginia jazz artists, including Dennis Guinan, Peter Spaar and Royce Campbell. Tara has also produced a successful children's CD, "Vegetable Blues and Other Tasty Tunes". All the songs were written and performed solely by Tara.