04.28.14Been a while!
I just realized I have not updated this site in over a year!! Well, for good reason- it has been a busy one. Some highlights were playing in Brazil at the Cuiba Jazz Festival with my Brazilian quartet, Scullers with my Organ Trio, The Beantown Jazz Festival in Boston, a Tour in Japan with Tiger Okoshi, and most recently a great show at Triboz in RJ Brasil. The Mike Tucker Organ Trio will be appearing at the Discover Jazz Festival in Burlington VT on Saturday May 31 at 12:00 PM. I will be posting more info on that soon. The Organ Trio CD is available on CD baby and Itunes, and my studio album is finally done! I am going to be posting some tracks very shortly.
03.05.13Great Shows in Brazil!
I just got back from doing some great shows in Brazil. They were totally packed and the audience was so supportive and great. I am looking forward to going back very soon! I have a new manager in Sao Paulo so I think I will be in Brazil more frequently now! I am currently working on putting together a tribute to Getz/ Gilberto for the 50th anniversary of the record that they did back in 1964 that was one of the best selling jazz records in history. I am collaborating with American and Brazilian musicians to write some updated arrangements of these songs to bring the music into 2013. I am really looking forward to digging into this project so be on the lookout for shows in the U.S and in Brazil in the near future.
I am also still working with my organ trio and we will have some shows coming up very soon. If you have not heard the CD yet you an buy it at CDBABY.COM and ITUNES. or at one of my shows.
See you all soon!
11.14.12CD Available, Podcast from Toulouse......
My new CD The Mike Tucker Organ Trio LIVE!! Featuring Warren Wolf is now available at CD Baby and will soon be available on I Tunes as well. You can purchase it here: A big thank you to all of my Kickstarter Supporters!!
We had a very sucssesful show in Toulouse at the Toulouse Jazz Festival a few weeks back. The concert was broadcasted live on TSF Jazz Frances biggest Jazz Radio Station. It is archived on their website here: http://www.tsfjazz.com/pop-pcast.php?id=7309
Here is a review from the show if you feel like brushing up on your french!
In other news I am still the acting director of a very nice youth jazz group called the N Shore Jazz Project All Stars. This is a group comprised of High School aged kids all from the N Shore. If you know anyone who may be interested in this group please let me know. It is an audition based group and we are always looking for more talent.
Ok, hope you are all well and looking forward to seeing you soon at a show! Best,
09.03.12Finishing up Organ trio CD for October European release!
I am in the last stages of finishing up my organ trio CD that I recorded last year at Chianti Jazz Club featuring Warren Wolf on vibraphone! We will be performing in France at the Toulouse Jazz Festival in October so if you are in the area please come check it out! I will also be touring a lot with the Flytones in september and October and will be all over France and Europe. Happy fall everyone and thanks for checking out my music!
07.04.12Shows In New England, Europe and upcoming CD Release!
Happy 4th and beginning of summer everybody! I have been very busy for the last 6 months playing a lot of shows. I had a great tour of Europe back in March with Robin Mckelle and The Flytones and then n amazing time Touring with The Tiger Okoshi Quintet back in April in Japan! I am gearing up for a very busy summer teaching at Berklee and playing a lot of shows around the New England area with some tours in Europe with the Flytones and Fred Wesley. I will also be teaching at Berklee this summer at the 5 Week Summer Performance program and I am looking forward to sharing a lot of music with some talented students. Also currently working on the design for my upcoming CD Release THE MIKE TUCKER ORGAN TRIO LIVE! Featuring Warren Wolf. Please check the dates section as I have finally updated them again!!
01.18.12Shows in the US/France/ Japan and Brazil in Feb/ March
Sorry for the long pause in updates!
I wanted to let you all know that I have some really nice shows coming up- some in the U.S and a lot more abroad.
I will be playing at Chianti Jazz Club in Beverly MA on Thursday Feb 9th with my new Project Mingus Bingus! We will be performing the music of Charles Mingus with an all star cast of musicians TBA. I will also be performing the same music with the Brazillian version of this band at Triboz in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday February 18th.
I am also honered to be performing with Grammy Award winning guitarist Duke Robillard at the Bee Hive on Sunday January 29. He is an AMAZING guitarist and musician and if you have never checked him out come out to this gig!
On Friday February 10 I am very pleased to be once again presenting the North Shore Jazz Project All Stars. This time they will be playing at the new Shalin Liu Performing Arts Center in Rockport MA. I will be conducting three rehearsals with this group and the rehearsals will culminate in the performance at the Shalin Liu opening for Grammy Award Winning Pianist Danielo Perez.
I will also be traveling to France in February with Robin Mckelle in support of her new record that we recorded last summer Soul Flower. I am really excited to be performing with Robin. I have been in her band for the last 4 years and it has been a blast. We will also be returning to Europe for a tour in March playing all over France.
Last but certainly not least: I will be performing and teaching with the great Tiger Okoshi in Japan at the end of March. We will have performances in Tokyo and Nagoya and then we will be teaching for a week at Hokaido Groove Camp. I am very excited to be invited back by Tiger to teach at the camp that he started 10 years ago. Last time I taught there I was very impressed by the talent and dedication of the kids attending the camp. Looking forward to another one!
That's all for now. Hope you are all doing well and if you are in the Northern Hemisphere staying warm as well!
05.31.11New Dates, Videos, and Pics and the North Shore Jazz Project All Stars!
I have finally updated my dates and for the first time since the creation of this website (5 years now) I have finally uploaded some videos! To check them out go the to gallery page. There are some from my groups and others from various side projects that I am in. This summer will be very busy with a lot of playing and teaching. Some highlights include: Every Thursday starting June 16th at the Studio in Gloucester for Funk and Soul night, some gigs with the Kendrick Oliver New Life Jazz Orchestra, A few tours in Europe, and a new Recording on Sony Records for Robin Mckelle. I am also very excited to have been asked to be the artistic director of the North Shore Jazz Project All Stars! This will be a big band composed of exceptionally talented North Shore Area High School students. We will be rehearsing for a week in August and putting on two performances in the area. Please let me know if you know anyone who may fit the bill for this group! I am also in the process of mixing and mastering my two records that I recorded in the past few months one a studio recording and the other live at Chianti Jazz Club. Stay tuned about those as well. I will continue to update my site throughout the summer so keep checking in!
02.14.11Kickstarter Project launched! Become part of my next 2 cd's!
I just finished recording my new full length studio album back in November and I am currently mixing and mastering it. I am also recording a live cd at Chianti Jazz Club in Beverly MA on April 29th and 30th .The two nights will feature Justin Faulkner on drums Jake Sherman on hammond B3 Organ and Saturday night will feature special guest Warren Wolf on Vibraphone! Here is how you can help us make these projects come to life. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/442684729/the-mike-tucker-quintet-and-the-mike-tucker-organ?ref=live
10.18.10Preparing to Record/ New You Tube page
Hey everybody! I am preparing to record my second album as a leader in the beginning of November. At the end of October we will be playing several shows in preparation for this recording in the Boston/ New England area. I will have my working band which is comprised of half Boston musicians and half NYC musicians. It is hard to get this group together because all of the musicians in my band are in demand by many other band leaders. Shows with this line up do not happen that often so if you can, please come and check one of these shows out! I also finally created a youtube account and posted some clips of a gig that we did at Ryles Jazz Club this past July. Here is the Link
Hello everyone. Just got back from some very exciting tours, performances and teaching experiences. Back at the end of March I had a great time working with students in Japan at the Hokaido Groove Camp. It was a really amazing experience and the students were exceptional. I got to perform with some great musicians as well! Then I went back to the US and taught clinics at the University of Minnesota at Morris. It was an intense few days, and I got to meet and talk with over 20 different bands in 3 days. I had the great fortune of meeting and playing with the Pianist Bill Carrothers. He is truly one of the most amazing musicians I have worked with. Check him out!http://www.carrothers.com/. Then from MN I left for Europe and played a week long tour with Robin Mckelle. It was a really great tour. It is the best this band has ever sounded, and I will be posting some clips from these shows soon. Got stuck for an extra 4 days in Paris because of the Volcano and now I am back in Boston enjoying the spring and preparing to record my album hopefully in the late fall. It has been too long and it is time.
Hope you all are well and thanks for visiting the site. Will be posting new dates very soon.
07.20.09ITS BEEN A WHILE!!!
Sorry I have not updated this site in months! Please check the dates page forr and updated version of my performing schedule. Highlights for this summer include a tour with Robin Mckelle where I will be traveling to Israel for the first time to perform at the Red Sea Jazz Festival in August. We then have some shows in France including a live performance that will be televised.
01.19.09Music of Ken Schaporst
I will be playing new music by composer Ken Schaporst at Jordan Hall in Boston Ma Monday January 26th at 8PM. Check it out!!
07.09.08Tour W/ Blue Note Recording Artist Robin Mckelle
I just got back from a great tour with vocalist Robin Mckelle. We played several concerts in France and recorded a live radio broadcast on RTL France. We will return to France August 1-5 to do a double bill with vocalist Bobby Mcferrin as part of the Marciac Jazz Festival!
02.03.07Kennedy Center Triumph
01.19.07A Young Lion to Be Heard (Stereo Times 2007)
05.19.06All About Jazz Review Collage 2006
05.19.06Boston Pops Jazz Fest (All About Jazz May 2006)
04.01.06Sax Player Graduates to th Big Time (Boston Globe April 2006)
Here are some reviews from my Debut 2006 CD Collage, and some other press.
Sax Player Graduates to th Big Time (Boston Globe April 2006)
All About Jazz Review Collage 2006
WERS Artist Interview (March 2006)
All About Jazz Review (2006)
A Young Lion to Be Heard (Stereo Times 2007)
Boston Pops Jazz Fest (All About Jazz May 2006)
Concert at Kennedy Center (May, 13 2005)
Kennedy Center Triumph