contemporary JAZZ SAXOPHONIST, composer
Atlanta-based contemporary jazz saxophonist Dee Lucas has been steadily growing his brand and fan base beginning with Remembrance in 2004, a tribute to the late saxophone legend George Howard. 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), and Going Deeper (2016). Now, his latest project The EP Collection.....Volume 1: The Sweet Spot (2017) serves as a reminder to the contemporary jazz world that sax man Dee Lucas is here to stay.
As a runner-up in the 2007 Capital Jazz Festival Competition, Dee Lucas has opened for plethora of artists such as Boney James, Norman Brown, Ronnie Laws, Nnenna Freelon, Hugh Masekela, Gregg Karukas, Peter White, Nick
Colionne, Peabo Bryson, and Michael Franks just to name a few. He has performed at several jazz festivals such as The Arizona Jazz Festival, The Jacksonville Jazz Festival, The Atlanta Jazz Festival, The Savannah Jazz Festival, Music City Jazz Festival, and Berks Jazz Festival.
The Alabama native Lucas had always loved music, but he didn’t pick up the saxophone until he was 28 years old. As a kid, he grew up listening to many genres of music. Instead, he chose to pursue sports and then eventually attended and graduated from college with a degree in Marketing with a minor in Computer Information Systems. He moved to Atlanta in 1989 and spent a couple of years getting settled in which he finally gave in to the urge to pick up the horn for the first time. He knew immediately that the years of musical education at home would pay off.