“Lucas’s music is heart-centered and a spirit connection is established between he and the listener.”
Lyndah Malloy-Glover – Abyss Jazz Magazine
“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
Once considered one of the country’s best kept secrets, soprano saxophonist Dee Lucas has evolved and catapulted onto the music scene. After launching his well-received 2004 debut CD, “Remembrance”, a tribute to legendary saxophonist George Howard, Lucas has been greeted both nationally and internationally with stunning reviews, garnered extensive airplay, and consistently climbed the charts. Lucas has developed and polished his distinctive style by collaborating energy to his smooth infectious melodic tunes, thus branding his timeless sound in the Contemporary Jazz market.
A writer, producer, arranger and performer, Lucas’s career was birthed on Atlanta’s jazz circuit. Since then, his passion with the saxophone has landed him in some of the country’s hottest jazz festivals, corporate gigs, celebrity birthday parties and well-recognized venues across the country. One of the performances that he’s most proud of is the famous Blue Note Jazz Club in New York City. Lucas has either opened or co-billed alongside some of the finest contemporary jazz greats such as: Kirk Whalum, Gerald Veasley, Boney James, Phil Perry, Chris Botti, Warren Hill, Nancy Wilson, Abbey Lincoln, Bobbi Humphrey, Ramsey Lewis, Ronny Jordan, Greg Karukas, Peter White, Gerald Albright, and the list go on. Lucas has opened for such artists as: Roy Ayers, Michael Franks, The Gap Band, Lalah Hathaway, Hugh Masakela and 5-time Grammy nominee Nneena Freelon.
In 2004, his entrepreneur skills surfaced and Lucas’ newly-formed record label, Mo Better Recordings, was conceived. His debut solo CD “Remembrance” was released and independently distributed in 2005. It received airplay from over 115 radio stations.
Adding consistency to his young but surprising start, Lucas released his sophomore CD, “Something to Ride 2”, 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 with original compositions. 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 Top 50 Indie Charts and #29 on the Billboard jazz charts making Lucas an artist worth taking notice.
With his brand new release of “Rebirth of the Smooth”, saxophonist Dee Lucas visions this CD as a celebration on what he has accomplished in his short but steadily rising career, but it also indicates his direction in Contemporary Jazz. It offers a wide array of styles pushing the envelope in this already competitive genre of jazz.