Trumpeter and singer Wayne Tucker is one of those irrepressible personalities. Even during this year of COVID, Tucker always found places to share his music, whether Grand Army Plaza, Central Park, or a street corner in Park Slope. As someone who’s as comfortable in the pop realm as in jazz, Tucker’s own music plays fast and loose with style. In a previous interview with Jazz Speaks, Tucker talks about what excites him on the bandstand:
I call people whose sounds I love, and who can play in many different styles. We could play “Lonely Woman” and start in the way I’ve envisioned, but I try to play with people who want to go on a musical adventure. As a band, we have a lot of fun on stage.
This Thursday, August 5, Tucker and his band Bad Mothas return to the Gallery stage for two sets. To get a taste of what kind of adventures might go down, take a listen to their recent set at the Bronx River Art Center, below.
Wayne Tucker and the Bad Mothas play The Jazz Gallery on Thursday, August 5, 2021. The group features Mr. Tucker on trumpet and vocals, Miles Tucker on tenor sax, David Linard on piano/keyboard, Addison Frei on keyboards, Tamir Shmerling on upright & electric bass, and Diego Ramirez on drums. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 P.M. E.S.T. $15 general admission (FREE for members), $25 reserved table seating ($10 for members), $20 for livestream access (FREE for members) for each set. Purchase tickets here.