Born: June 4, 1979 Primary Instrument: Bass, electric
Piccolo Bass? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Not when you’re talking about D-Lucca, who is among a mere handful of people who can pull it off. As with Stanley Clarke and the late Wayman Tisdale, D-Lucca can count himself as one of the few artists able to bring the piccolo bass into a well-warranted limelight. Daniel Lucca Parenti,shortened to D-Lucca, is a San Francisco Bay Area native who has performed with many jazz legends, including Rosemary Clooney, Michael Brecker, and Lionel Hampton. Bass Player Magazine said of D-Lucca, “Aptly handling a variety of basses, including melody-manning piccolo, [D-Lucca’s] material is alternately laid-back and fused-out modern jazz.” Though D-Lucca may not follow the jazz-fusion lead of Clarke or the smooth jazz of recent sensation Tisdale, he has definitely found his niche within the newest wave of modern jazz. “D-Lucca has fused jazz and rock so beautifully that you don’t know when one ends and the other begins,” wrote Susan Frances from JazzReview.com.
Musically, people had been taking notice of Daniel since the age of 12 when a junior high school music teacher, impressed with his ability to read music, handed him a bass and said, “If you can learn to play this over the summer you can be my bass player in the jazz band.” And so he did. Over the next few years, a lot of hard work, lessons, and hours of practice kept him advancing through school music programs.
Inspired by amazing teachers and legendary artists like Rush and Michael Manring, Daniel began to focus his talents and by age 17, had become an accomplished jazz and rock bassist. After high school he attended Cal State University at Hayward and was selected as a freshman to play with Dave Eshelmann’s top Jazz Ensemble. With the CSUH Jazz Ensemble, Daniel had the pleasure of touring all over California and parts of Nevada, as well as a tour of Southern Brazil. By this time Daniel had discovered the amazing music of such artists as Jaco Pastorious, Weather Report, Dave Holland, and Squarepusher which inspired him to begin to write and perform his own music. At age 19 he’d been tabbed to be the bassist for Matt Catingub’s “Copa Cat Pack Band,” with Concord Jazz Records. Daniel would go on to tour with several popular jazz artists, including, Rosemary Clooney and Michael Feinstein, as Bassist for The Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack. With Rosemary and Michael, over a four year period, Daniel made several appearances on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” and “The View,” toured all over the continental U.S., Hawaii, Germany, and Canada, and performed at many popular Jazz Festivals, including, 2000 Stuttgart Jazz Open, 2000-1 Westbury Jazz Festivals, NY, 2001 Maysville Jazz Festival, KY, and also 2000-1 Human Rights Campaign, DC. With Big Kahuna, Daniel performed and recorded with the reputable Honolulu Pops Orchestra; and recorded four full length CD's with Concord Jazz Records, two of which were Grammy Nominated. And, he still managed to help pay his college tuition and complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and Composition at the same time.
Daniel has become one of the top call bassists in the San Francisco Bay Area performing with many well known Bay Area artists such as, Billy Johnson (Santana), Frank Martin (Narda Michael Walden), Joel Smith (Walter Hawkins), and Lorn Leber (Gerry Garcia Band) just to name a few. Recently, touring with Terry Disley from Acoustic Alchemy, Daniel has performed at the Jazz Trax Smooth Jazz Festival at Incline Village, Lake Tahoe and the Jazz Trax Smooth Jazz Festival at Catalina Island in 2004. Daniel is also featured on Terry Disley's album entitled, Across the Pond. Terry Disley said about Daniel, “I was much taken aback when I first heard this young man play the bass. He is my very first recommendation. I appreciate his overall musicianship, his skill on all the basses both on acoustic upright and electric instruments, and his constant reliability and professionalism. He shows maturity beyond his years and his playing shows his deep knowledge and understanding of the history and source of his art. This combined with his passion for music and a desire to be the best at his craft, make him irreplaceable.”
In 2003 Daniel decided that it was time to pursue his own ambitions and showcase his own music. Daniel has always been a writer and arranger. Even since the start when he was learning the piano, was writing music and putting together collections of original songs. All through his school career compiled a book of original jazz compositions that number in the hundreds. Now as D-Lucca, he has released five full length original albums of his own The All For You Project, Cruise Control, The Next Level, and “Pressing Forward,” as well as masterful Christmas Album, Have Yourself a Fretless Little Christmas. His solo career is now coming to life having performed at the world renown Yoshi’s Jazz Club and many Bay Area music festivals. Along with the support of endorsers like Radial Engineering and Bartolini Pick-ups and of course his loving wife and children, you can rest assure that D-Lucca will make his imprint in music history.
Skills and Attributes
Composer/Arranger since 1992 - Experience in writing and arranging music in many different genres.
Instrumentalist since 1987- Experience performing in many different genres on several different instruments. Including: Acoustic Bass, 4 and 5 String Electric Basses, Piccolo Electric Bass, 6 String Guitar, Piano, Drum Set, and Percussion. Note - Bass Instruments are the primary focus.
Producer since 1996 - Producing and assisting on original Album's in the Genres of Jazz, Rock, Ska, Drum & Bass, and Hip-Hop.
Genres include - Contemporary Jazz, Straight Ahead Jazz, Big Band Jazz, Latin Jazz, Progressive Jazz Fusion, Rock, Christian Rock, Acoustic Rock, Ska, Pop, Drum & Bass/ Techno, R&B/Funk, Gospel and Hip-Hop.
Other skills and attributes include - Sight Reading, Notation, Transcription, Booking, Promotion, Merchandising, Recruiting, Organization, Punctuality, Dedication, and Determination.
ASCAP since 2003; writer and publisher. NARAS, currently applying.
2002 Grammy Nomination for Rosemary Clooney's Sentimental Journey, Concord Records 2001.
2003 Grammy Nomination for Rosemary Clooney's The Last Concert, Concord Records 2002
ASCAP Plus Award 2008 & 2009
Awards:Awards 2002 Grammy Nomination for Rosemary Clooney's "Sentimental Journey," Concord Records 2001. 2003 Grammy Nomination for Rosemary Clooney's "The Last Concert," Concord Records 2002 ASCAP Plus Award 2008 & 2009
Bass Player Magazine Homegrown Daniel Lucca Parenti By Jonathan Herrera | September 2006 Cruise Control [D-Lucca] Bay Area bassist Daniel Lucca Parenti’s biggest gig was touring behind jazz and pop vocal legend Rosemary Clooney for several recent years. His solo material, however, reveals an artist whose personal ambitions extend to modern, electronica-influenced sounds. Aptly handling a variety of basses, including melody-manning piccolo, Parenti’s material is alternately laid-back and fused-out modern jazz. Great playing.
SmoothJazz.com D-LUCCA Cruise Control D-Lucca Entertainment At age 12 people were noticing Daniel Lucca Parenti (D-Lucca). His high school music teacher was so impressed with his ability to read music he gave him a bass guitar and told him that if he could learn to play it over the summer he would invite him to be in the jazz band. And so he did… the following years were filled with hard work, lessons and hours of practice. By 17 he had become an accomplished jazz, swing and rock bassist and continued his scholastic performance in college. At 19 he was chosen to be the bassist for Matt Catingub’s Copa Cat Pack Band with Concord Jazz Records. He has played with Rosemary Clooney and Michael Feinstein (with both for four years), he has toured extensively playing jazz festivals all over the world, and recorded four CDs with Concord (two were Grammy-Nominees). This accomplished musician has also managed to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and Composition. Today, D-Lucca is one of the top call bassists in San Francisco and is currently touring with keyboardist Terry Disley (Acoustic Alchemy). CRUISE CONTROL is his 2nd solo release to date; it’s filled with intriguing musical textures and introspective melodies and infused with cool and modern jazz sensibilities, as well as electronica influences. Adeptly featuring a variety of basses including 4 string piccolo and 5 string fretless, CRUISE CONTROL showcases this jazz impresario as deep and innovative with songs like “Distance From Life To Love,” “Cruise Control,” and “06” standing out for us. ~SANDY SHORE
THX Title track, “Cruise Control,” and, “The Distance From Life to Love,”are featured by THX on their 2007 5.1 surround DVD as well as in live demonstrations at trade shows around the globe. “A great track to lead off the multi-channel music section of the new DVD” - Steve Martz Sr. Design Engineer THX Ltd.
Terry Disley - Keyboards (Acoustic Alchemy) DANIEL LUCCA PARENTI As an internationally acclaimed recording artist I have played and recorded with some of the best musicians in the world, including Sir Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Bryan Ferry, Bon Jovi, Van Morrison, Dave Gilmour and Acoustic Alchemy.
I have been organizing my own musical groups since I was 14 and have employed hundreds of musicians since then. However I was very taken aback when I first heard this young man play the bass. I immediately realized his tremendous value to my musical projects, and subsequently hired him to play on all of my recordings and live work since then. He is my very first recommendation.
I appreciate his overall musicianship, his skill on all the basses both on acoustic upright and electric instruments, and his constant reliability and professionalism. He shows maturity beyond his years and his playing shows his deep knowledge and understanding of the history and source of his art. This combined with his passion for music and a desire to be the best at his craft, make him irreplaceable, and I look forward to many more musical projects together.
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Walnut Creek, CA
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.