Ben Tucker | jazz bassist
Born a native of Nashville, Tennessee, Ben Tucker relocated to Savannah, Georgia in 1972 and purchased radio station WSOK with Dr. Bill Taylor, jazz pianist.
Ben has recorded and played with such musical greats as Bill Taylor, Peggy Lee, Quincy Jones, Illinois Jacquet, Dexter Gordon, Sonny Stitt, Cy Coleman, Herbie Mann, Bob Alberti, Clark Terry, Phil Woods, the late Oliver Nelson, Mary Lou Williams, Marion McPartland, Buddy Rich, Sara Vaughn, Ella May Morse, Jessiphia Pamise, Benny Goodman, the late great Earl Gardner and Earl Fatha Hines.
In 1988, Ben created a jazz club in Savannah called Hard Hearted Hannah's featuring Joe Jones and Emma Kelley (known as the lady of 6,000 songs). Hard Hearted Hannah's has been featured in such movies as Love Crimes. The composition "Comin' Home Baby" was featured in Get Shorty (starring John Travolta), as well as the movie Getting Even With Dad and has been documented in a segment for Public Television concerning the late Joe Jones.
"I'd like to quote Dr. Billy Taylor on jazz." 'Jazz is like pure mountain air that regenerates the soul of man.' - Ben Tucker.
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