Joel Tucker

Joel Tucker has been featured in various local and national publications for his guitar playing, including NUVO, The Indianapolis Star and Downbeat magazine. He is an active performer with The Tucker Brothers Group, Clint Breeze and The Groove, Eliot Bigger and Prime Vintage, among other projects. In 2016, Joel was a featured artist during the Indy Jazz Fest tribute to Wes Montgomery, where he played alongside guitarists Pat Martino, Peter Bernstein, Russell Malone, and Bobby Broom. He has also shared the stage with notable artists such as Randy Brecker, Michael Spiro, and Alan Pasqua. Joel has traveled around the United States and South America for performances as well as clinics about improvised music centered around the progression of the jazz tradition. After graduating from Indiana University in 2012, Joel moved to Indianapolis and quickly made a professional name for himself as a working musician. Since then, Joel has been featured as a side man on nine different albums exemplifying his extensive versatility on the guitar. The
albums he is featured on range from straight ahead jazz, Latin jazz, post rock, shoegaze, and hip hop. In 2015, Joel was recognized as a
semi-finalist in the Wes Montgomery International Jazz Guitar competition, ranking him as one of the top 30 up-and-coming jazz guitarists in the World. In the same year, Joel and his brother (Nick Tucker) released their debut album entitled Nine Is The Magic Number that showcased original music written by the brothers. This was the beginning of the Tucker Brothers Group. In 2016, Joel received the Amplify Indy grant from Musical Family Tree which funded his second album, Writing Prompts. In the summer of 2017, prior to the release of Writing Prompts, Joel was a featured soloist with the Ball State University Jazz Ensemble at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Montreux, Switzerland and at the Imperial Palace in Annecy, France. Currently, Joel and Nick play at the Chatterbox on Massachussets Ave. (Indianapolis, IN) every Wednesday night from 8 to 11 p.m., treating audiences to jazz standards and original compositions of their own. Joel currently teaches at Ball State University, and is available for private guitar lessons in Indianapolis.

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