Boston Based Percussionist Mike Tucker is known as a bit of a multi-tasker, a useful skill for any musician, but especially for a drummer. On any given night you might find Mike in one of Boston’s many jazz clubs working with his quintet, The Luna Collective, in the orchestra pit of a local theater, or on stage in the percussion section with groups like the Portsmouth Symphony or the Concord Pops. A Work ethic owed to an early education in DIY punk and an inexhaustible curiosity to play any and every percussion instrument set in front of him.
Mike is a recent graduate of the Longy School of Music’s Modern American Music program (MM ‘17) and an Alumnus of The Berklee College of Music (BM ‘13). Mike studied with Bob Gullotti at both institutions in addition to studies on timpani with Richard Flanagan, Marimba with Sylvie Zakarian and general percussion studies with Bob Schulz.
Between 2009 and 2015 Mike completed three full tours of the US, one European tour and dozens of trips up and down the East Coast and through the Mid-West with several Boston based pop/rock bands including Pretty & Nice (Hardly Art/Sub Pop), Aloud, and Babydriver. In September of 2015 Mike co-founded The Luna Collective, a quintet dedicated to playing the music of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers.
Mike is currently working freelance in the Boston and Greater New England area. In addition to hosting a weekly jam session at the Luna Theater, Mike performs with the Peter Cassino trio at the Charles Hotel every Wednesday evening, other recent gigs include concerts with The Boston Chamber Orchestra, The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, The Concord Pops Orchestra, a month long run of “Next To Normal” at Lynnarts’ After Dark series as well as sub gigs for SpeakEasy Stage Company’s “Bridges of Madison County”. The Luna Collective can be found the third and fourth Thursdays of each month hosting Luna Sessions, and once a month at Devlin’s in Brighton, Ma.