Canadian jazz pianist Lucas Dann was born in Toronto in 1997. Lucas’ early studies were at Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music and the Humber College Jazz school. Subsequent influences include time spent with jazz icon Fred Hersch in New York City and Harmen Fraanje, with whom he is studying at the Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Lucas is in the first year of the European Union Jazz Masters (EUJam). This prestigious program will sent him to a new city every term. Starting in Amsterdam, now in Paris, moving on to Copenhagen, and finally graduating back in Amsterdam in June of 2021. Lucas’ influences include: Thelonious Monk, J.S. Bach, Keith Jarrett, Harmen Fraanje, Brad Mehldau, Fred Hersch and many more.
Lucas’ newest record “Serious Music” featuring Tijs Klaassen and Wouter Kühne, (his first recording with trio), was released on July 7th 2019 in Amsterdam and was followed by tours of Europe and Canada.
Lucas’ first release: "Ugly Beauty", is a duo record of the music of Thelonious Monk with Finnish singer Kadi Vija. Recorded in Amsterdam and released in March of 2017 in Helsinki at the G18 Ballroom, the release met with considerable acclaim by reviewers on several continents.
The recording has been followed by tours of Finland, Estonia and Japan, the latter tour resulting in a re-invitation for a more extensive series of performances. As a sideman, Lucas has been touring and recording in Germany with the Lennart Allkemper Quartet featuring Toon Verheyen, Hendrick Smock and Martin Gjakonovski; and the Moritz Götzen trio featuring Moritz Götzen and Karl F. Degenhardt. Upcoming concerts include a tour in the Netherlands with the Lucas Dann trio (feat. Tijs Klaassen and Wouter Kühne); a duo tour with Lennart Allkemper, and a duo tour of Ireland with Diarmuid Lally.
“…from the very first bars it becomes clear that something astonishingly brilliant is happening here.”
-Raul da Gama, WHOLENOTE Magazine
“…a musician of imagination, technique, confidence and the odd flash of, well, flash.
-Mark Miller (Author of A Jazzist’s Life - Bio of Herbie Nichols)