Well known in Tucson, Arizona, as a real estate agent and co-owner of luxury home builder McCreary Homes, Inc., Denise McCreary also enjoys a local reputation as a blues and soul musician. A fixture in the southern Arizona music scene since her move to Tucson in 1986, Denise McCreary plays tenor sax and sings. For much of the 1990s, she fronted the popular party band Split Decision. Today, Denise McCreary duets with singer and keyboard player Rex Caughron. She also sings lead vocals for The Coolers, a nine-member band founded in late 2009, which features a five-piece horn section.
Denise McCreary regularly appears as the entertainment for corporate functions, school fundraisers, holiday dinners, bar and bat mitzvahs, and weddings. She is comfortable with the rhythm and blues, jazz, and pop styles, and her established playlist includes everything from “Strangers in the Night” and “Green Dolphin Street” to the Stray Cats’ “Rock This Town.” Her colleagues in The Coolers boast an impressive pedigree of past musical associations; for example, saxophonist Gary Love played with The Temptations and The Coasters, and bass guitarist Don Lupo once supported blues legend Freddie King. The Coolers’ playlist allows Denise McCreary to perform more rocking musical numbers than her duet and solo work does. When she appears with The Coolers, she tackles standards by such recording artists as Tower of Power, Rare Earth, ZZ Top, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
A graduate of Purdue University, Denise McCreary supports the local charitable efforts of the Southern Arizona Association for the Visually Impaired, the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, and Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church, where she has attended services since moving to Tucson. She golfs regularly at the Dorado Country Club, stays fit by doing Zumba dance, and enjoys camping, fishing, gardening, and reading. To learn more about Denise McCreary’s musical work with Rex Caughron and The Coolers, including playlists, go to the website TucsonLiveBands.com.
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