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A native of Tennessee, Tucker by the age of twelve, began to develop his musical interest first on trumpet and later on the bass and quickly made a name for himself in Nashville. Following a stint in the Air Force, Ben settled in California, playing with Art Pepper and Shorty Rogers, among others, and was an integral participant in the legendary "Jazz of Two Cities.” By the early 1960's, he was regularly performing and recording with such greats as Herbie Mann, Billy Taylor, Dexter Gordon, Buddy Rich, Quincy Jones, Marian McPartland, and Mel Torme. A prodigious composer (many of his songs are jazz standards) of over 300 titles, Tucker's "Comin' Home Baby" was a blockbuster hit for Herbie Mann, "Devilette" and "The Message," both recorded by Dexter Gordon and " Right Here, Right Now" by Billy Taylor are just a few of the many title songs that Ben has written and published. Ben has been rewarded and nationally celebrated by his appointment to the Advisory Committee of the Kennedy Center for the Arts by President Jimmy Carter

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Article: Album Review

Tucker Brothers: Live at Chatterbox

Read "Live at Chatterbox" reviewed by Jack Bowers


Chatterbox is a nightspot in Indianapolis, Indiana, the Tucker brothers (Joel, guitar; Nick, bass) homegrown siblings whose weekly gig at Chatterbox serves essentially as their home base. The brothers lead a quartet on this concert date, with tenor saxophonist Sean Imboden and drummer Carrington Clinton rounding out the group. Joel Tucker is the ...

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Article: Building a Jazz Library

Hard Bop: Ten Essential Live Albums

Read "Hard Bop: Ten Essential Live Albums" reviewed by Chris May


"Fire! That's what people want. Music is supposed to wash away the dust of everyday life. You're supposed to make them turn around, pat their feet. That's what jazz is about. Play with fire. Play from the heart, not from your brain. You got to know how to make the two meet." So ...

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Article: Live Review

Kevin Bales With Chuck Redd At The Jazz Corner

Read "Kevin Bales With Chuck Redd At The Jazz Corner" reviewed by Martin McFie


Kevin Bales with Chuck Redd The Jazz Corner Hilton Head Island, SC January 4th & 5th, 2019 Whenever pianist Kevin Bales comes in from Atlanta to play The Jazz Corner he brings with him a great band and an inventive theme. Whether it's a centennial celebration of the blues or the ...

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Article: Interview

Burt Eckoff: A Pianist's Close Encounters With the Greats of Jazz

Read "Burt Eckoff: A Pianist's Close Encounters With the Greats of Jazz" reviewed by Idelle Nissila-Stone


Active in the jny: New York City jazz scene since the 1960s, pianist Burt Eckoff played with many jazz greats, among them Howard McGhee, Maynard Ferguson, Art Blakey, Sonny Stitt and Archie Shepp. He is known for exceptional artistry in his work with vocalists Dionne Warwick, The Drifters, Eddie Jefferson, and most importantly Dakota Staton, with ...

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Article: Album Review

Jeremy Steig: Flute Fever

Read "Flute Fever" reviewed by Carlo Wolff


Jeremy Steig's astonishing, trailblazing debut finally gets its compact disk due, 50 years after Columbia released it on vinyl. It was also the debut of Denny Zeitlin, a Bay Area psychiatrist whose singularly imaginative jazz moonlighting has resulted in numerous fearless disks over the past five decades. Backed by veterans Ben Riley on drums and Ben ...

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Article: Album Review

Jeremy Steig: Flute Fever

Read "Flute Fever" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Flute Fever, the 1963 Columbia Records debut by flutist Jeremy Steig, has somehow, until now, avoided release on CD. Thanks to reissue producer Jonathan Horwich, Steig's beautifully remastered and packaged freshman recording is now available. And it's not only Steig's premier as a recording artist, it's also a recording first for pianist Denny Zeitlin, on a ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Ben Tucker

Jazz Musician of the Day: Ben Tucker

All About Jazz is celebrating Ben Tucker's birthday today! A native of Tennessee, Tucker by the age of twelve, began to develop his musical interest first on trumpet and later on the bass and quickly made a name for himself in Nashville. Following a stint in the Air Force, Ben settled in California, playing with Art ...

News: Birthday

Jazz Musician of the Day: Ben Tucker

Jazz Musician of the Day: Ben Tucker

All About Jazz is celebrating Ben Tucker's birthday today! A native of Tennessee, Tucker by the age of twelve, began to develop his musical interest first on trumpet and later on the bass and quickly made a name for himself in Nashville. Following a stint in the Air Force, Ben settled in California, playing with Art ...

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Article: Jazz in the Aquarian Age

Herbie Mann: An Amalgamation of Everything

Read "Herbie Mann:  An Amalgamation of Everything" reviewed by Bob Kenselaar


[Flauist Herbie Mann was often ahead of the trend with his wide explorations into sounds from everywhere. When I asked him in this 1978 interview where music in general was heading, he talked about a broad mix--"an amalgamation of everything"--which might be a good way to describe Mann's overall career, except that it doesn't account for ...


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