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Jon De Lucia

Jon De Lucia is a Brooklyn based saxophonist and composer. Originally from Quincy, MA, Jon has become an integral part of the New York scene. Predominantly a student of jazz, he also has a deep interest in the folkloric music and instruments of Cuba, Japan, Ireland and Italy, having performed on a variety of ethnic flutes, drums and stringed instruments. Jon has led his groups and played as a sideman in Boston, New York and all over Japan with such musicians as Tommy Crane, David Tronzo, Bob Moses, Bob Gullotti, John Lockwood and Thomas Morgan among others. He leads the Jon De Lucia Group, and the baroque improvising Luce Trio. He continues to compose, perform and teach full time at BMCC in Tribeca, New York.


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Jon De Lucia: And the Stars Were Shining

Read "And the Stars Were Shining" reviewed by Richard J Salvucci

All instruments can be difficult and some even look intimidating. Some are notoriously tough to play in tune. Some emit unpleasant sounds without much prompting, especially squeaks. Welcome to the world of the clarinet. Non-players often wonder how anyone coaxes pretty sounds from the beast. Some wonder how to coax out any sound at all. The sneaking suspicion is that jazz eventually marginalized the prominent role of the clarinet in Dixieland and Swing because Bop was a bridge too far. ...

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Take Five with Jon De Lucia

Read "Take Five with Jon De Lucia" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Jon De Lucia Jon De Lucia is a Brooklyn-based saxophonist, clarinetist and composer. Originally from Quincy, MA, he moved to New York City in 2005.Since then he has performed in the US and internationally at the Burlington Discover Jazz Fest, the Tanglewood Jazz Festival, and the Tamana-shi Jazz Festival in Japan. In New York he has played with Putter Smith, Ray Gallon, Michael Kanan, Steve Little, Bill Crow, Maeve Gilchrist, Joe Hunt, Greg Ruggiero, Nir Felder, Leo Genovese, Kris ...

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Jon De Lucia: As The River Sings

Read "As The River Sings" reviewed by Neri Pollastri

Registrato nel luglio del 2014 esce per la Fresh Sound New Talent questo lavoro del multistrumentista Jon De Lucia, nato nel Massachusetts ma residente a New York, autore di tutte le composizioni e alla testa di un quartetto nel quale, oltre alla ritmica classica, trova posto la chitarra di Greg Ruggiero. La cifra del lavoro è quella di un jazz moderno molto mobile dal punto di vista delle atmosfere, ancorché relativamente semplice quanto a strutture, comunque non banali, ...

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Jon De Lucia Group: Face No Face

Read "Face No Face" reviewed by Matthew Miller

Whether you're into swing, hard bop, free jazz or M-Base, jazz has and always will be about emotion, interplay and spontaneity. On this debut album, 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. The album starts with the pulsing, M-Base groove of “Glass Bead Game, an odd-metered anthem with an angular melody ...

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Jon De Lucia Group: Face No Face

Read "Face No Face" reviewed by John Kelman

The proliferation of university-level jazz programs has created a groundswell of young artists, ensuring that jazz remains alive and evolving. Still, the cookie-cutter approach of some programs means that only an exceptional few emerge as distinctive voices; the rest are competent but unmemorable. That, along with the sorry state of mentoring in the jazz community and a weak club scene in most cities, has resulted in too many albums by artists who are not yet ready to be leaders. At ...

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Jon De Lucia’s Luce Trio Celebrates New Album Release At St. Paul’s Chapel On September 27, 2023

Jon De Lucia’s Luce Trio Celebrates New Album Release At St. Paul’s Chapel On September 27, 2023

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Brooklyn-based saxophonist Jon De Lucia celebrates his fifth release as a leader with a concert at the historic St. Paul’s Chapel of Trinity Church at 209 Broadway, across from the Oculus. The concert will take place on Wednesday, September 27th at 6pm and will be free and open to the public. St. Paul’s Chapel was built in 1766, and is home to the popular Jazz at One free music series among others. De Lucia’s new album is his first to ...

Composer & jazz sax-er Jon De Lucia is a soul on a mission!! He & his totally committed sextet wash us viably with his vision of how he views original music. The result is a player who is perfectly at home creating blues, bebop, free jazz, fusion, probably even the classical idiom. I sense that Jon is one of those artist…..A visionary & true artist constantly searching & growing as he plies his trade. 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

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, alto


New York City

Willing to teach

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Full Time Lecturer of Jazz Saxophone at BMCC-CUNY in Tribeca, NYC. Contact for private lessons.

Clinic/Workshop Information

I have presented clinics at City College of New York, Lawrence University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and University of Southern Mississippi. Primarily on my book series, Bach Shapes.

Paul Desmond
saxophone, alto
Lee Konitz
saxophone, alto



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

And the Stars Were...

Musaeum Clausum Recordings


Jon De Lucia Octet +...

Gut String Records


As The River Sings

Fresh Sound Records


Pieces, Vol. 1

Jonji Music


Face No Face

Jonji Music



Self Produced (Kickstarter)


The Dinosaurs

From: Pieces, Vol. 1
By Jon De Lucia

Lascia Ch'io Pianga

From: Pieces
By Jon De Lucia


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