Lucas Brown is a performing artist, composer and educator. He actively performs both Jazz and classical music and has performed around the US and Canada at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the Kimmel Center, the Jazz Standard and the Blue Note, as well as in Europe and Asia. His compositions have been presented throughout the US and Europe. A member of the faculty at Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music, Lucas holds a BM in Jazz Performance from Temple University and a MM in Organ Performance from Westminster Choir College.
Lucas was a member of saxophone legend Bootsie Barnes' organ trio from the age of 21. He has performed with such Jazz artists as Joey DeFrancesco, Pat Martino, Eric Alexander, Terell Stafford, and Gerald Veasley, and is a sideman on numerous recordings. He was awarded the Clef Club Jazz Award in 2014 in recognition of his contributions as an organist in Philadelphia. Lucas was a member of the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT) artist roster as a member of the group Three Blind Mice, with Victor North and Wayne Smith Jr. Lucas has also performed with Opera Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Orchestra. Lucas is currently touring with the Joey DeFrancesco trio and is featured on Joey’s upcoming album, More Music, to be released in September of 2021.
Lucas maintains a busy performance schedule on the Jazz scene and recently began serving as organist at the First Presbyterian Church of Haddonfield, NJ. He also serves at historic Christ Church in Philadelphia, accompanying their monthly choral vespers series. Previously, Lucas spent over a decade at Mt. Airy Presbyterian in Philadelphia. He earned his Master's degree in Organ Performance at Westminster Choir College as a student of Alan Morrison and is an active member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and, sitting on the program committee. He has twice been a featured artist at Organ Day at the Kimmel Center.
Lucas has had his works as a composer performed at such venues as Grimsby Minster (UK), Torino Esposizioni in Italy, Movement Research at the Judson Church in NYC, and Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke. Lucas’ Jazz suite, SkyViews, was commissioned by the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts for a premiere performance in 2019 and his album, Skyviews, was released in November 2019. Lucas was commissioned in 2014 to premiere a new composition as part of “If You Could Hear These Walls”, a collaborative project sponsored by Philadelphia Mural Arts and the American Composers Forum. He collaborates frequently with choreographer and media artist, Jung-eun Kim.