Savannah jazz icon Ben Tucker will be memorialized Monday with a funeral service followed by a New Orleans-style second line and concert downtown.
Tucker, 82, died Tuesday after the golf cart he was driving was struck by a speeding car on Hutchinson Island.
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Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors announced Thursday that a viewing will be held from 2-7 p.m. Sunday at Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension on Wright Square. A funeral service will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at the church.
Following the service, a second line parade will leave the church and end at Ellis Square, where a jazz jam celebration will take place from 1-8 p.m.
Benedetto Guitars President and CEO Howard Paul, who along with others is organizing the concert, said the event will feature many musicians and vocalists who worked with Tucker over the years, including some from out of town. On Thursday afternoon, the lineup was still being finalized.
Paul knew Tucker for more than 20 years. They performed and recorded together, and for the last several years they both sat on the board of the Coastal Jazz Association.
"Ben was an icon in the city, and in many ways the heart of jazz music here," Paul said Thursday. "I think his untimely passing has really shocked all of the musicians in the community who are so used to working with him. It's pretty amazing to be 82 years old and be essentially a full-time professional musician. He still picked up his bass almost every day and showed up at a gig."
Paul emphasized that Tucker's death was felt by the community at large, too - not just musicians.
"He was a philanthropist," Paul said. "He participated on commissions and boards and nonprofits. He was interested in education and golf and music and small businesses.
"So his passing affects everybody, I think."
Should bad weather strike Monday afternoon, the concert will take place at Savannah Theatre, 222 Bull St.