Thursday, June 15, 2006

R.I.P. Rusty Tucker

A while back, I wrote about witnessing an especially wonderful performance by the Scamps at their regular Saturday afternoon gig. I didn't mention it specifically, but the evening was heightened by a simply perfect version of "It's a Wonderful World", sung by Rusty Tucker. I heard him sing it again a couple weeks ago, and it was perfect again . . .

Rusty Tucker died peacefully yesterday afternoon.
This Friday night June 16th at Jardines, 4536 Main from 5-8 PM there will be a jam session/tribute/send off party hosted by Tim Whitmer and the KC Express with special guests Lucky Wesley and Millie Edwards. All musicians are encouraged to bring their instrument, sit in and toast and salute the memory of Rusty Tucker and all the great music he gave us. This is the kind of reception that Rusty wanted. It will be a great evening of music and memories and a good way to start off this jazz festival weekend

Funeral----There will be a celebration of Rusty's life at Unity Temple on the Plaza 47th and Jefferson at 11 Am this Saturday June 17th. You are invited to come anytime after 10 am as there will be a musical salute to Rusty from 10-11 AM and then the service at 11AM.
Here's a good profile of him written in 1995.


Blogger Happy In Bag said...

Oh no! Rusty Tucker was full of life. His version of "Wonderful World" was a lot of people's favorites.

6/16/2006 9:55 AM  

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