La Lucha is a Tampa Bay based trio that consists of three best friends from three different parts of the world; Colombia, Mexico & United States. Its members are Alejandro Arenas, bass; Mark Feinman, drums; and John O’Leary, piano. Their repertoire is a diverse mixture of Latin inspired rhythms with Jazz standards, twisted arrangements of pop songs and original compositions. Each member of the trio has extensive national and international performance experience, including a tour of Italy and France with performances at the “Umbria Jazz Festival” and “Jazz a Juan” in Juan Les Pins.
La Lucha aims to create music that transcends genres and classifications. They consider music to be live art, which will continue to breathe, grow and evolve with their commitment to it.
La Lucha was awarded Creative Loafing’s “Best of the Bay Jazz Ensemble” in 2013 & 2014, the “Think Small to Think Big Grant,” by Creative Pinellas, featured presenters at TEDxTampa Bay (2014) and were recently honored by a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, to present a multi- media project raising awareness for Alzheimer’s disease.
Their debut album, “A Cup of Fuzzy Water” was released in 2009 and their second self-titled album was released in June 2012. Their third album, “Standards, Not-Standards,” featuring Jun on vocals is scheduled for release in January 2015 on Blue Line Music.
“On ‘Standards, Not-Standards’, La Lucha offers genuinely
fresh takes on jazz standards and pop favorites,
bolstered by high-caliber musicianship. These gifted
young players, and singer Jun Bustamante, invest these
reimagined classics with true inventiveness, solid groove
making, tight ensemble work, and impressive soloing.
Highly recommended.” – Philip Booth, contributor to
JazzTimes, Jazziz, DownBeat, and Relix.
If you're looking for jazz that's essential; both
stimulating and easy on the ears; an album that will
satisfy nearly every age group - this might be the best
album in decades. - PC Jazz
The group has a local following and popularity perhaps
more commonly seen with pop groups