Thursday, March 23, 2023

Throwback Thursday! Al Lucas, The Kings on American Bandstand, Kazzer

Brantford's Al Lucas

From the Wikipedia
Albert Bennington Lucas (November 16, 1916 – June 19, 1983) 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.[1] 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.[1] During the 1940s, Lucas appeared on record with Hot Lips PageColeman HawkinsEddie Heywood (1944–45), Duke Ellington (1945), Mary Lou Williams (1946), James P. JohnsonJ.J. JohnsonBen WebsterErroll Garner, and Eddie South.[1]

He toured and recorded with Illinois Jacquet from 1947 to 1953, recording in Detroit with Jacquet's all-star band which included Sonny StittLeo ParkerSir Charles ThompsonMaurice Simon and Shadow Wilson before returning to play with Heywood again from 1954 to 1956. He also recorded in the 1950s with Ruby BraffCharlie Byrd, and Teddy Wilson. He worked primarily as a studio musician in his last two decades,[1] backing up groups at Apollo Theater performances, playing jazz only occasionally. Lucas died in New York City on June 19, 1983.

Links: Al LucasVideo above courtesy of R Yurman

Oakville's The Kings on American Bandstand

Hamilton's Kazzer

Links: Kazzer, Video above courtesy KazzerVEVO

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