Mike Tucker has performed as a leader and a sideman all over the world. In 2002, he competed as a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition in Washington, D.C., and soon after he attended Berklee College of Music, where his career got a jump start, on a full-tuition scholarship.
Tucker's most recent project, the Mike Tucker Organ Trio + 1 Featuring Warren Wolf, is a live recording that has an updated sound while still being rooted in the traditions of jazz. The disc features arrangments of standards, as well as several of Tucker's original compositions. Although it's a new group, the Mike Tucker Organ Trio has already performed in France at the Toulouse Jazz Festival and has a busy schedule ahead for 2013-2014.
As a leader in past projects, Tucker has been invited to perform at jazz festivals around the world, including the Phoenix Jazz Festival in Nagoya, Japan; the Nancy Jazz Festival in Lorraine, France; the Emerging Artists of the 21st Century concert series in San Jose, Costa Rica; and, closer to home, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and the JVC Jazz Festival in New York City.
Tucker has also appeared on several nationally syndicated radio shows, including Toast of the Nation on NPR, Voice of America, and XM Satellite Radio's Jazz and Beyond. Besides many engagements with his own group, Tucker is currently a member of Sony recording artist Robin McKelle's group and has performed or recorded with Esperanza Spalding, Tiger Okoshi, David Gilmore, George Garzone, Joe Lovano, Melvin Sparks, George Duke, Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, Fred Wesley, Eric Reed, and Carl Allen, among many others.
Tucker is also a sought-after clinician and educator. He has been invited to give master classes at the University of Minnesota; the Hokaido Groove Camp in Sapporo, Japan; MAI in Nancy, France; and at his alma mater, Berklee College of Music.