He began his career in Nashville, before settling in California, where he played with Art Pepper and Shorty Rogers, among others, and was an 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.
Composer of over 300 titles, many of his songs are jazz standards: “Comin' Home Baby” was a 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 his many title songs.
Ben Tucker Discography
- 146 Instruments & Performance
- 184 Writing & Arrangement
- 1 Featuring & Presenting
- 5 Production
- 1 Visual
|A 3002||Conte Candoli, Jack Costanza*, Chuck Flores, Russ Freeman, Mike Pacheko*, Art Pepper, Bill Perkins, Ben Tucker||Conte Candoli, Jack Costanza*, Chuck Flores, Russ Freeman, Mike Pacheko*, Art Pepper, Bill Perkins, Ben Tucker - Mucho Calor (Much Heat) (Album)||Andex||A 3002||US||1958||Sell This Version|
|WP-1256||Freddie Gambrell With Ben Tucker||Freddie Gambrell With Ben Tucker - Freddie Gambrell With Ben Tucker, Bass (Album)||World Pacific Records||WP-1256||US||1959||Sell This Version|
|CDVR 106||Herbie Mann, Curtis Fuller, Kenny Dorham, Ben Tucker, Ahmed Abdul-Malik, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Ronnie Ball, Dave Bailey, Ray Mantilla||Herbie Mann, Curtis Fuller, Kenny Dorham, Ben Tucker, Ahmed Abdul-Malik, Zoot Sims, Al Cohn, Ronnie Ball, Dave Bailey, Ray Mantilla - Live In Rio (LP, Album, RE)||Vogue Schallplatten||CDVR 106||Germany||1969||Sell This Version|