Born: May 28, 1980 Primary Instrument: Organ, Hammond B3
Lucas Brown is a performing artist and composer, a graduate of Temple University where he studied Jazz Performance at the Esther Boyer College of Music. He studied there with Terrel Stafford, Bruce Barth, Ed Flanagan, Tom Lawton, Ben Schacter and others. His formal musical training began at age 5, studying classical piano. In junior high school he began to study jazz guitar and subsequently began to teach himself organ as well. Lucas also has studied classical composition with Robert Convery and Mark Rimple. Lucas can be seen performing with many different groups in the Philadelphia area and for the last decade has held down the organ chair with saxophone legend, Bootsie Barnes. He is a member of the group Three Blind Mice along with saxophonist Victor North and drummer Wayne Smith Jr. The group performs regularly in the area, performing their own original compositions in addition to Modern Jazz repertoire. Lucas also collaborates frequently with the great drummer, Byron Landham. Lucas recording credits include Mike Kennedy's 2001 release, Quartet #1, Skip Heller's 2005 Dreambox release, Out of Time, and New York-based, Philadelphia-native guitarist, Giga Shane's 2005 release, Instinct. Lucas is featured on the 2006 release “Pianadelphia”, produced by Todd Horton, a tribute which features Philadelphians performing the music of Philly Jazz greats. He is also featured on the DVD release by Mel Bay records, Jimmy Bruno: Live at Chris'. Lucas has also performed with many noted musicians. The list includes Eric Alexander, Peter Bernstein, John Swana, Larry McKenna, Terell Stafford, Gerald Veasley, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Tim Armacost, Conrad Herwig, Joe Magnarelli, Tim Warfield, Steve Turre, Ralph Bowen, Mickey Roker, Billy James, Grant Stewart, Duane Eubanks, and Sean Jones. Lucas has also appeared at festivals in Nashville, Omaha, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Somers Point as well as notable clubs including the Blue Note in Manhattan, Smoke, Fat Cat, and The Smithsonian Museum and Blues Alley in Washington DC. In July of 2006, Lucas participated in the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Academy Summer Session, performing with the Giga Shane Trio. The faculty included directors Christian McBride and Loren Schoenberg as well as Geoff Keezer, Ron Blake, Terreon Gully, Eric Reed, Janis Siegel, Rodney Jones, and Gerald Cannon. While he can be seen often in the Philadelphia area performing Jazz, Jazz-Fusion, and some experimental music, Lucas is an avid Classical music fan as well as a composer of various styles. Some influences include Electronic music, the World Music influences of Brazil, Latin America, India, and Africa, and Avant-garde music. He looks to collaborate with other performing artists as well as musicians of other traditions and bring those experiences back to enrich his own music.
Skip Heller (2005, Dreambox)- Out of Time
Giga Shane (2005)- Instinct
Jimmy Bruno (2003 DVD, Mel Bay)- Live at Chris'
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Organ, Hammond B3
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Contact me in person. I teach privately as well as at a music school at Keswick Music Works in Glenside, PA. Instruction in guitar, piano, organ, and music theory.