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Monday, June 10, 2013 - 11:54am

Residents Remember Jazz Legend

Updated: 4 years ago.
A New Orleans-style procession followed the funeral of the late jazz musician Ben Tucker. The second line, pictured above, marched alongside Wright Square to commemorate and celebrate the life of the artist. (photo Larissa Allen)

The late bassist Ben Tucker is being remembered as more than a musician.

Savannah residents paid a jazzy tribute to one of its musical legends Monday.

Hundreds of people attended Tucker's funeral.

The 82-year-old jazz artist, businessman and community leader was admired by a wide range of city residents.

After the memorial at Savannah's Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Ascension, mourners spilled into the streets for a New Orleans-style procession.

The second line played classic jazz tunes in front of the church before marching alongside Wright Square.

Tucker's recording career spanned 57 years.

But he also was a broadcasting pioneer, creating one of the few black-owned radio stations in the country in 1972.

He died last week when a speeding car struck his golf cart.