Al Lucas (musician)

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Al Lucas (born Albert Bennington Lucas, November 16, 1912,[1] Windsor, Ontario – June 19, 1983, New York City) was a Canadian jazz double-bassist.

Lucas took piano lessons as a child from his mother, Francis Bradley Lucas, a concert pianist, eventually switching to bass and tuba at age 12.[2] After moving to New York City in 1933, Lucas played with Kaiser Marshall, then joined the Royal Sunset Orchestra, where he played from 1933 to 1942.[2] During the 1940s Lucas appeared on record with Hot Lips Page, Coleman Hawkins, Eddie Heywood (1944–45), Duke Ellington (1945), Mary Lou Williams (1946), James P. Johnson, J.J. Johnson, Ben Webster, Erroll Garner, and Eddie South.[2]

He toured and recorded with Illinois Jacquet from 1947–53, recording in Detroit with Jacquet's all-star band which included Sonny Stitt, Leo Parker, Sir Charles Thompson, Maurice Simon and Shadow Wilson[3] before returning to play with Heywood again from 1954–56. He also recorded in the 1950s with Ruby Braff, Charlie Byrd, and Teddy Wilson. He worked primarily as a studio musician in his last two decades,[2] , backing up groups at Apollo Theater performances, playing jazz only occasionally. Lucas died June 19, 1983 in New York City.[2]


As sideman[edit]

With Dexter Gordon

With Illinois Jacquet

With Oliver Nelson

With Leo Parker

With Sonny Stitt

  • Now! (Impulse, 1963)

With Teddy Wilson



  1. ^ birth record
  2. ^ a b c d e Yanow, Scott. "Al Lucas biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Fitzgerald, Michael. "Sir Charles Thompson Discography 1940 - 1949". Retrieved 3 January 2012.