On June 10, 2013, hundreds of folks filled the Lutheran Church of the Ascension on Wright Square to remember and celebrate the life of Ben Tucker, who died after a car struck his golf cart on Hutchinson Island.

There were a couple hundred more of us waiting outside the church that day.

When the service ended, the celebration continued with a New Orleans-style second line down State Street and then up Barnard Street.

Once in Ellis Square, the procession turned into a concert that lasted throughout the afternoon.

Jazz performers from throughout the area - all of whose lives had been touched somehow by Ben - played in various combinations for hours.

It seemed a fitting tribute for the renowned jazz bassist and composer who seemed far younger than his 82 years.

At 7 p.m. Feb. 21, Tucker will be remembered anew when the Spelman College Jazz Ensemble is featured in a tribute concert that will, fittingly, take place at the Lutheran Church of the Ascension on Wright Square.

The all-female group was founded more than 30 years ago and has shared stages with a variety of jazz greats, including Wynton Marsalis and Nancy Wilson.

The performance is part of the ongoing Savannah Black Heritage Festival. All festival events are free.

The musicians participating in the tribute will have plenty of choices when deciding how to honor Tucker, who performed with artists such as Herbie Mann, Billy Taylor, Buddy Rich and Peggy Lee.

Tucker also wrote more than 300 songs, including the hit "Comin' Home Baby."

When Tucker purchased Savannah's WSOK in 1972, he became only the 15th black owner of a radio station in the country. Certainly not every jazz musician has the kind of business savvy that Tucker did.

After Tucker's passing, I wrote a City Talk column with quotes from young Savannah jazz players whose lives and careers were influenced by him.

While I'm sure the audience in Savannah will take something away from the performance by the Spelman College Jazz Ensemble, I'm betting the young performers in attendance will discover a few things that night, too.

Bill Dawers writes City Talk in Savannah Morning News and blogs at Savannah Unplugged (www.billdawers.com). Contact him at billdawers@comcast.net.