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Saxophonist and Arranger Jon De Lucia’s Brubeck Octet Project adds a fascinating new chapter to the discography of a musician who thrives on variety.

De Lucia made his recording debut as a leader with 2006’s Face No Face, a sextet session with guitarist Nir Felder, pianist Leo Genovese, and drummer Ziv Ravitz that JazzTimes reviewer David Adler described as “one of several astonishing debut releases I’ve heard this year.” Ravitz was working regularly with Konitz, and by 2008 De Lucia was studying with the legendary altoist too. 

Among his various projects he leads the Jon De Lucia Group and the baroque improvising Luce Trio, which is featured on his 2023 album And the Stars Were Shining, a gorgeous session featuring De Lucia on alto sax and A and B-flat clarinets. Marked by spacious, uncluttered arrangements, the album includes pieces dedicated to Konitz, Giuffre, John Lewis, Pavarotti, and Murray Wall. “Savor these bittersweet performances,” writes music critic Ted Gioia, “where drums are banished and melody takes front and center stage—maybe even the backstage too.”  

As a musicologist, De Lucia has published in the Jazz Research Journal and has released a series of books, Bach Shapes, for saxophone. He continues to compose, perform, and teach full time at the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York City. His sixth album The Brubeck Octet Project offers a wholly original view of a moment when a cadre of unknown twenty something avant-garde jazz artists on the West Coast worked out new strategies for combining composition and arrangement.

The Brubeck Octet Project

The new release from the Jon De Lucia Octet featuring the great Scott Robinson. Also in the band: Brandon Lee, Glenn Zaleski, Jay Rattman, Becca Patterson, Daniel Duke, Keith Balla.

Press

“De Lucia imbues solemn austere music with a candle’s flickering warmth.”
-birdistheworm.com

Saxophonist Jon De Lucia dazzles not only with his virtuosity and compositional skills, but also with his ability to convey emotion through probing, focused melodic statements and the sublime coherence of his band.
– Matthew Miller, All About Jazz

Jon De Lucia is a soul on a mission!! With his highly original approach to this art-form, De Lucia is one of those comprehensively gifted musical craftsmen with flawless technique, plus an abundance of compositional ideas.”
-George W. Carroll, EJAZZNEWS.COM Review