Lucas Brown is a performing artist and composer, a graduate of Temple University where he studied Jazz Performance at the Esther Boyer College of Music. He studied there with Terell Stafford, Bruce Barth, Ed Flanagan, Tom Lawton, Ben Schacter and others. His formal musical training began at age 5, studying classical piano. In middle school he began to study jazz guitar and subsequently began to teach himself organ as well. Lucas has studied classical composition with Robert Convery and Mark Rimple, classical organ with Jonathan Bowen and organ improvisation with Jeffrey Brillhart.

    As a performer, Lucas has held down the organ chair for over 15 years with saxophone legend, Bootsie Barnes. He is a member of the group Three Blind Mice along with saxophonist Victor North and drummer Wayne Smith Jr. and leads his own organ trio, Skyline. Lucas collaborates frequently with many other great Philadelphians including a quartet that includes Byron Landham and John Swana. In 2012, the Three Blind Mice were named to the Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour (PennPAT) artist roster.

    Lucas' recording credits include Mike Kennedy's 2001 release, Quartet #1, Skip Heller's 2005 Dreambox release, Out of Time, and New York-based, Philadelphia-native guitarist, Giga Shane's 2005 release, Instinct. Lucas is featured on the 2006 release “Pianadelphia”, produced by Todd Horton, which features Philadelphia pianists performing the music of Philly Jazz greats. Three Blind Mice's 2010 debut recording, The Outsider, features five of his compositions. He is also featured on the DVD release by Mel Bay records, Jimmy Bruno: Live at Chris'.

    Lucas has performed with many noted musicians. The list includes Pat Martino, Eric Alexander, Peter Bernstein, Larry McKenna, Terell Stafford, Gerald Veasley, Dr. Eddie Henderson, Tim Armacost, Conrad Herwig, Joe Magnarelli, Tim Warfield, Steve Turre, Ralph Bowen, Mickey Roker, Billy James, Grant Stewart, Duane Eubanks, and Sean Jones. Lucas has also appeared at festivals in Nashville, Omaha, Philadelphia, Washington DC and Somers Point as well as notable clubs including the Blue Note in Manhattan, The Jazz Standard, Smoke, Fat Cat, and The Smithsonian Museum and Blues Alley in Washington DC. Lucas has performed at many of the great venues in Philadelphia including the Kimmel Center, the Painted Bride Arts Center, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Museum. As an organist, he has had the honor of performing on the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ in Verizon Hall..

    In 2006, Lucas participated in the Jazz Aspen Snowmass Academy Summer Session, performing with the Giga Shane Trio. The faculty included directors Christian McBride and Loren Schoenberg as well as Geoff Keezer, Ron Blake, Terreon Gully, Eric Reed, Janis Siegel, Rodney Jones, and Gerald Cannon.

    Lucas is a member of the American Guild of Organists and is an active member of the Philadelphia chapter, sitting on the program committee. He performed a solo organ recital at Philadelphia's historic Christ Church in 2013 as part of the AGO's Tuesday Noon recital series. Lucas was organ scholar at the Royal Institute of Church Music Charlotte Summer course in July 2016 working with course organist Stephen Buzard and conductor Sarah MacDonald.

    Lucas was commissioned in June 2014 to premiere a new composition inspired by the mural, “Peace is a Haiku Song” as part of “If You Could Hear These Walls”, a collaborative project sponsored by Philadelphia Mural Arts and the American Composers Forum. His works have been performed at Grimbsy Minster (UK), Movement Research at the Judson Church (NYC), Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, VA, nEW Festival at the Painted Bride Art Center (PA), The Society of Dance History Scholars, Dickinson College, Philly Fringe Festival and Trolley Square, Salt Lake City, UT. Lucas collaborates frequently with choreographer and media artist, Jung-eun Kim.

    Currently, Lucas performs regularly in Philadelphia, including every Wednesday evening with his organ trio at Heritage in the Northern Liberties neighborhood. He serves as organist at Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia and is an adjunct professor of music at Temple University. Lucas is a student of Alan Morrison pursuing his Masters in Organ Performance at Westminster Choir College. He resides with his wife in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia.


 

 

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