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BIOGRAPHY

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National recording artist and saxophonist Dee Lucas has been steadily growing his brand and fan base beginning with Remembrance in 2004.  Thereafter, it has been a steady showcase of unique stylings with Something to Ride 2 (2007), Standing Room Only (2010), Rebirth of the Smooth (2012), The Smooth Factor (2014), Going Deeper (2016), & The Sweet Spot (2017).

His upcoming 2018 release “Going Left” will serve as proof that Dee Lucas is here to stay. 

As as runner-up in the 2007 Capital Jazz Festival Competition, Dee Lucas has opened for a plethora of artists such as Boney James, Norman Brown, Ronnie Laws, Nnenna Freelon, Hugh Masekela, Gregg Karukas, Peter White, Nick Colionne, and Michael Franks just name a few. He has performed at several jazz festivals such as The Arizona Jazz Festival, The Jacksonville Jazz Festival, The Savannah Jazz Festival, and The Atlanta Jazz Festival.In 1997, Lucas got his start as a musician playing as a sideman in a local band, Between 9&7. The band recorded a CD, which was a moderate regional hit. Although he got performances, both rhythm and solos, Lucas felt it was time to develop his own by ensemble to demand more challenges within himself as both a musician and entrepreneur.  So, on New Year's Eve of 1999, Lucas formed his own contemporary jazz trio, Xpressions. They produced and recorded a CD titled Footprints, which gained notoriety in regional markets. The record contained the classic hit People Make the World Go Round. All of the compositions were produced and arranged by friend and keyboardist Karey Davis and assisted by the saxman himself. 

In 2004, Dee Lucas's entrepreneur skills had surfaced, and his newly-formed record label, Mo Better Recordings, was conceived. His debut solo CD, Remembrance, was released and independently distributed in 2005.  Adding consistency to his young but surprising start, Dee released his sophomore CD, Something to Ride 2, in 2007, which peaked at #10 on the Smoothjazz.com's Top 50 Indie Charts. With this record, the saxman wanted to further develop his own distinctive sound as a solo artist.

His style, from a horn perspective, is different from that of many traditional smooth jazz artists in terms of melodic phrasing. Lucas mentioned, "I like taking off on an uncharted path in music and Something to Ride 2 is a representation of the journey that I take each time I pick up the sax."  

In 2010, Dee Lucas released Standing Room Only which was composed and produced by several talented producers including Grammy winner Phil Davis. The CD peaked at #26 on the Smoothjazz.com's Top 50 Indie Charts and #29 on the Billboard jazz charts.  In 2012, Rebirth of the Smooth was released as a compilation of Dee's first 3 solo recordings to celebrate what he has accomplished in his steadily rising career, as well as his direction in contemporary jazz. It offers a wide array of styles coming from various producers pushing the envelope in this already competitive genre of jazz.  

In 2014 with The Smooth Factor, Lucas continued to season his contemporary jazz with R&B, and featured the work of such producing heavyweights as LA-based Lew Laing, Jr., and Atlanta-based and Grammy-Award winning Phil Davis. 

The journey continued with the release of Going Deeper in 2016 which debuted and peaked at #30 on the Billboard jazz charts. The album included producers Phil Davis, Joel Del Rosario, Lew Laing, Jr., former Cameo member TC Campbell, and Philly-based producer/guitarist David P. Stevens.

In 2017, Dee Lucas continues to evolve with fresh ideas and an ‘out-of-the-box’ business approach. He is currently merging his previous music catalog with his new parent company Dee Lucas Enterprises which is home of his brand new record label ODL Music. The new label released The EP Collection....Volume 1: The Sweet Spot, which is produced by legendary pianist Bob Baldwin.  As a result, the radio single ‘Road Warrior’ made Billboard's Top 100 Smooth Jazz charts for over 8 weeks.

As of September 2018, Dee’s latest offering is “Going Left” which makes his 8th worldwide release and 7th studio recording to date. 

MUSIC

Dee's published releases include:

  • Going Left (2018)
  • Sweet Spot EP Collection (2017)
  • Going Deeper (2016)
  • The Smooth Factor (2014)
  • Rebirth of the Smooth (2012)
  • Standing Room Only (2010)
  • Something To Ride 2 (2007)
  • Remembrance (2004)

An extended discography with more details can be found on the main music page here.

Enjoy some samples from various releases:

 
Dee Lucas has done a marvelous job of re-creating the instantly recognizable style and legacy of George Howard, while at the same time putting his own unique signature on each fresh, new performance
— Scott O’Brien, Smoothjazz.com
Lucas’s music is heart-centered and a spirit connection is established between him and the listener.
— Lyndah Malloy-Glover, Abyss Jazz Magazine
 

VIDEOS

NOTABLE past performances

As a headliner

  • The Soiled Dove Underground (Denver, Colorado)

  • Yoshi’s Jazz Club (San Francisco & Oakland, California)

  • Spaghettini Jazz Club (Seal Beach, California)

  • Humphrey’s Backstage (San Diego, California)

  • Catalina Jazz Club (Hollywood, California)

  • Blue Note Jazz Club (New York, New York)

  • The Metropolitan Room (New York, New York)

  • Blues Alley (Washington, DC)

  • Bethesda Blues & Jazz Supper Club (Bethesda, MD)

  • Sambuca Jazz Club (Atlanta, Georgia)

  • The Velvet Note (Atlanta, Georgia)

  • St. James Live (Atlanta, Georgia)

  • The Perfect Note (Birmingham, Alabama)

  • Von Braun Civic Center / The Playhouse Theatre (Huntsville, Alabama)

  • Carver Hall/Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame (Birmingham, Alabama)

  • The Shoals Theatre (Florence, Alabama)

  • The Ritz Theatre (Jacksonville, Florida)

  • Martini Blu (Houston, Texas)

  • The Hobby Center (Houston, Texas)

  • Baker’s Keyboard Lounge (Detroit, MI)

  • BB King’s (Nashville, TN)

  • Arts Council Theatre (Winston-Salem, North Carolina)

  • Trumpets Jazz Club (Montclair, New Jersey)

  • The Cutting Room (New York, New York)

  • The Douglas Theatre (Macon, Georgia)

  • Blues Boulevard & Jazz Club (Greenville, South Carolina)


As a festival performer

Arizona Jazz Festival (Phoenix, AZ)

Key Artists: Boney James, Jaheim, Boys to Men, Eric Darius, Brian Culbertson, Peter White, Euge Groove, Gregg Karukas, Mint Condition, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, Fantasia, Charlie Wilson, Brian McKnight, Mindi Abair, & Kem

Berks Jazz Festival (Reading, PA)

Key Artists: Gerald Albright, Najee, Rick Braun, Boney James, Nick Colionne

Music City Jazz Festival (Nashville, TN)

Key Artists: The Rippingtons, Will Downing, Brian Culbertson, Kirk Whalum, Ken Ford

Atlanta Jazz Festival (Atlanta, GA)

Key Artists: Kenny Garrett, Joshua Redman, Nicholas, Payton, Abbe Lincoln, Roy Hargrove, Ronny Jordan

Savannah Jazz Festival (Savannah, GA)

Key Artist: The Yellowjackets

Jacksonville Jazz Festival (Jacksonville, FL)

Key Artists: Pieces of a Dream, Boney James, Chris Botti, Tower of Power, Peter White, Nancy Wilson, Ramsey Lewis, Pamela Williams

Piedmont Jazz Festival (Greensboro, NC)

Key Artists: Alex Bugnon & Ronny Jordan

4th Avenue Jazz & Blues Festival (Birmingham, AL)

Multiple Appearances featuring Key Artists: Norman Brown, Ronny Laws, Bobbi Humphrey

Dekalb County Jazz & Blues Festival (Decatur, GA)

Multiple Appearances featuring Key Artists: Euge Groove, Jeff Golub, Oleta Adams, Ken Ford, & Warren Hill

Dekalb-Lithonia Summer Concert Series (Lithonia, GA)

Key Artists: Michael Franks & Ken Ford

Dekalb-Lithonia Fall Concert Series/J-Fly HBIYD Foundation(Lithonia, GA)

Key Artist: Peabo Bryson

Idlewild Music Festival (Idlewild, MI)

Key Artist: Angela Winbush

 
So, it is that Lucas stays true to form and does not disappoint here. Any lover of this romance-laced style of contemporary jazz cannot go wrong here. Kudos are definitely in order.
— Ronald Jackson, The Smooth Jazz Ride
On his perfectly titled 5th solo album, The Smooth Factor, Dee Lucas continues his soulful mastery of the soprano sax in the tradition of one of his heroes, the late George Howard.
— Jonathan Widran, Smoothjazz.com
 

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