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Jerry Stucker has obtained his funk credentials from having worked with some of the best. A native of Chicago, Stucker’s roots are planted firmly in blues and r&b. With a desire to expand his musicality, he attended Chicago Music College and also studied with master guitar guru Jack Cecchini. Soon after, he began working as a sideman and traveling extensively for a few years and after that decided to transplant to the west coast to play with drummer icon James Levi’s Grove Street Band with Freddie Washington on bass, Rodney Franklin on keyboards and Derrick Youman on vocals among others. After that, Jerry went on to gig and record with various local and national artists. From 1989 to present, Jerry has assumed various roles in production and live performance, but has increasingly assumed the role of producer... doing production and development for mainly jazz, funk and r&b artists. Finally in 2007 Jerry decided to step into the spotlight releasing his first solo cd on Urbanzone Records entitled “It’s All A Groove”. Along with a solo venture, Jerry also plays guitar with The Eastbay Messengers, a funk jazz quartet that features, from the Headhunters, Mike Clark on drums, Paul Jackson on bass.

"At a time when so many players claim to be funky, Jerry Stucker is not only FUNKY, but he's a one-man encyclopedia of slinky, skanky, rock steady, and greasy rhythms. He knows a gazillion funky guitar inversions, his
guitar tone is sparkling, and his parts always stab and dance all over the rhythm, finding ways to propel, accent, and add excitement to a song's groove. If you really want your tunes to dance, this is the cat you need playing guitar for you
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-- Michael Molenda, Editor in Chief, GUITAR PLAYER magazine