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Dee Lucas

Dee Lucas

Dee Lucas

Who are some of your current favorite artists, Smooth Jazz or
otherwise?

Some of today's artists that get my attention are vocalists Ledisi, Jill Scott, and 'still' Charlie Wilson. Some of the smooth jazz artists that I tend to gravitate to are Gerald Albright, Frank McComb, Boney James, Walter Beasley, Paul Jackson, Jr., and Brian Culbertson.

What are you most proud of at this point in your life and career?

The fact that I am in a position to create and perform music for many listeners around the world from an entrepreneurial capacity is very satisfying, along with working with many talented musicians that are responsible for shaping my music to what it is today.

If you were to choose to learn a new instrument that you've never
played before, what instrument might that be?

Absolutey the bass!!! As a kid, I was a sucker for Bootsy Collins (hahaha). I had it so bad, that I actually had a similated star-shaped bass guitar crafted. So, I pretended to be a funkateer. But seriously, in my opinion, the bass represents attitude which I tend to personify in my performances.

Outside of your musical career, what else in your life gets you
excited and fulfilled?

The challenges of fatherhood (haha)....And a husband. Watching my son play baseball takes me to another place that I can not describe.

What would be the most important piece of advice you'd impart to a
young musician just starting out in the jazz/smooth jazz arena?

Three things:
1) Continue to learn your craft. The music industry, like anything else in life, can be very unforgiving when complacency is established. The next 'IT' is always around the corner waiting for opportunity.

2) Learn the business side of the music industry. Understand how ownership can work for you.

3) Keep your personal attitude in check. Always stay humble, because you never know who or what has an opportunity in store for you.

If you were asked (and we are asking now!) for your advice as to what
the Smooth Jazz format could do moving forward to insure it's relevance and growth, what would your suggestion(s) be?

First of all, remove the tag Smooth Jazz and revert back to Contemporary Jazz. In my opinion, when I think of contemporary jazz, I vision several styles such as funk, fusion, acoustic, pop, R&B, and even smooth; whereas, the term smooth jazz tends to limit the sound to what it is. Even non-listeners tend to categorized smooth jazz in a negative moniker. But, contemporary jazz would open the doors for several artists in the creative process.

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