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JD Presents Dee Lucas and the music of Grover Washington Jr., George Howard, and friends

March 14, 2021 6:00 PM

Doors Open: 5:00 PM
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CLUB SEATING / BABY GRAND MEMBERS ONLY Public Onsale: February 8, 2021 12:00 AM to March 14, 2021 7:00 PM

Craft cocktails and small plates begin at 5:00 pm.

Seating includes the club & patio and is first-come at the door. Only Baby Grand Members qualify for preferred seating. Learn more about Middle C Jazz memberships.

John Dillard
Profusely creative, highly energetic, sensitive, and yet dynamic: These are a few words that describe the artistry of this extraordinary artist and bassist. From Gospel to RnB, Funk to Jazz, John’s versa-le style has been a key element for many artists, producers, and musical directors worldwide.

Dee Lucas 

National recording artist and saxophonist Dee Lucas has been steadily growing his brand and fan base beginning with “Remembrance” in 2004. He Has Followed up with “Something to Ride 2” (2007), “Standing Room Only” (2010) which was composed and produced by several talented producers including Grammy winner Phil Davis, “Rebirth of the Smooth” (2012), “The Smooth Factor” (2014), “Going Deeper” (2016), & “The Sweet Spot” (2017).

As a runner-up in the 2007 Capital Jazz Festival Competition, Dee Lucas has opened for artists such as Boney James, Norman Brown, Ronnie Laws, Nnenna Freelon, Hugh Masekela, Gregg Karukas, Peter White, Nick Colionne, and Michael Franks. He has performed at festivals such as The Arizona Jazz Festival, The Jacksonville Jazz Festival, The Savannah Jazz Festival, and The Atlanta Jazz Festival.

In 1997, Lucas began his career playing as a sideman in a local band,” Between 9&7”. Subsequently Lucas formed his own contemporary jazz trio,” Xpressions”. They produced and recorded “Footprints”, which gained notoriety in regional markets. The record contained the classic hit “People Make the World Go Round”.

In 2004, Dee Lucas tapped into his entrepreneurial skills, and formed his record label, Mo Better Recordings.

His style, from a horn perspective, is different from that of many traditional smooth jazz artists in terms of melodic phrasing. Lucas mentions, "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 2014 with “The Smooth Factor”, Lucas continued to season his contemporary jazz with R&B, and featured the work of such producing heavyweights as LA-based Lew Laing, Jr., and Atlanta-based and Grammy-Award winning Phil Davis.

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