Meet the Tuckers-Blues Up and Down-Tucker Antell and Mike Tucker Tenor Sax Solo Transcription

Here is another great transcription of two local tenor saxophone players up here in the Northeast that many of you outside the area might not know about. Mike Tucker and Tucker Antell.  Since I posted the start of the Eternal Triangle solo by these two yesterday, I have received many comments in response.  “Meet the Tuckers….”  “Mother Tucker that is smokin’!”  I’m sure there will be more after this solo is posted.    Hahaha!

I first heard of Mike Tucker years ago when I came upon a recording of Mike playing a gig with George Garzone.  It had a “Live at the Lighthouse Steve Grossman and Dave Liebman sound” to the recording with Mike Tucker on the tenor sax and George Garzone on the soprano sax. Mike Tucker sounded amazing and I have been a fan ever since!  Here is Mike Tucker’s website if you want to find out more information on him. He has been touring with Arturo Sandoval over the last few months.

Tucker Antell I have heard about more recently.  He’s a phenomenal player with incredible technique and endless ideas and energy.  I bought his CD “Grime Scene” last year and it is a great album.  Here is Tucker Antell’s website if you want to find out more about him.  When I saw videos of these two great players doing a gig together, I had to check them out ASAP!

Yesterday I published the first 4 choruses of their solos over Eternal Triangle and no sooner had I finished that post when I came across this Youtube video from the same gig.  This is Mike Tucker and Tucker Antell destroying “Blues Up and Down”.  This is just insane!  I had to start this transcription this morning!

Like the Eternal Triangle solo, I am going to release this solo in rounds also because it is so long.  I’ll try to finish some of the solo every day and hopefully get to the end of this solo at some point in the near future. (This is the first 6 choruses of the 45 choruses played on this video…………)

Blues Up and Down – Mike Tucker and Tucker Antell (solo starts at 3:33)

Blues Up and Down-Meet the Tuckers-Round 1 (Choruses 1-6)

Enjoy!  These are two incredible sax players that deserve wider recognition.   Check them out!  Let me know what you think in the comments below!

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If you love these type of solo lines, be sure to check out my PDF books “Mastering the Blues Scale Vol. 1-Minor Chords” and “Mastering the Blues Scale Vol. 2-Dominant Chords“, which includes hundreds of classic blues scale lines that I have written out in all 12 keys. These lines are the foundation to building a great jazz vocabulary!!


Mastering the Blues Scale Vol. 1-Minor Chords


Mastering the Blues Scale Vol. 2-Dominant Chords

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Steve Neff has been playing and teaching saxophone and jazz improvisation around the New England area for the last 30 years. He is the author of many effective jazz improvisation methods as well as founding the popular jazz video lesson site


  1. Avatar Michael COLLINS says

    wow – love it & thanks for transcribing first 6

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