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Lucas Pino

Tenor Saxophonist Lucas Pino works frequently as a sideman for artists including Gideon van Gelder, Richard Boukas, David Lopato, Bryan Carter, Rafal Sarnecki, Nick Finzer, and Jeremy Siskind. His past performance experience also includes Dave Brubeck, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, Christian McBride, Carl Allen, Benny Green and David Sanborn. Lucas has traveled to play in Australia, Poland, Spain, Britain, The Netherlands, Brazil, Costa Rica, as well as throughout the United States and Canada. He has appeared at venues such as the Blue Note, Dizzy's, The Jazz Standard, Yoshi's, The Jazz Kitchen, The Rex, and Chicago Symphony Hall. As a leader, he has maintained a monthly residency at Smalls with the No Net Nonet since March 2013.

Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Lucas grew up singing hymns in church, and in the choir at school. He started playing saxophone at age 10, and the first music he ever listened to was jazz. As a high school junior, Lucas won the Downbeat award for Best Instrumental Soloist in 2004. He attended the Brubeck Institute from 2005-2007, where he studied closely with Dave Brubeck. Lucas finished his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Jazz Performance at The New School in 2009. He attended Juilliard from 2009- 2011, where he received a Master of Music.

Lucas' major influences on the saxophone include Stan Getz, Lucky Thompson, John Coltrane, Michael Brecker, and Chris Cheek. Compositionally, he is heavily influenced by the sound of big band, and composers including Wayne Shorter, Maria Schneider, Walt Weiskopf, Thad Jones.

"Sound is like a rainbow, you hear every color. On the saxophone, the entire tonal and color palate should be available. I like to draw on a wide range of influences even within one solo, going from a very bright to dark sound, using straight tone or subtone. Music should be operatic, dramatic, and full of gesture. It should tell a story and sing a song simultaneously. Music should be a stimulus that activates the listener's imagination and transports them to another place, where anything is possible." - Lucas Pino

Gear

Tenor Saxophone: Conn New Wonder II Vandoren V16 T9 Large Mouthpiece Vandoren ZZ 3's Reeds Vandoren Optimum Ligature Lucas proudly endorses Vandoren mouthpieces, reeds and ligatures.


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“That feeling of navigating the unexpected is probably the most exciting part of watching a group like [the No Net Nonet] perform...with all of its members sonically bouncing around, building and expanding upon each other's ideas until a greater sum bursts forth...” - THE VILLAGER

"Lucas is a prodigiously talented young saxophonist from New York. His playing is passionate and displays an uncanny degree of maturity with a ferocious command of the instrument and the jazz idiom." - Benicia Main Street

"...exciting tenor saxman Lucas Pino was all huge range, controlled ferocity, fleet notes and articulate expression." - Geoff Chapman, Toronto Star

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Album Discography

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Songs of Rebirth

Outside in Music
2022

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Hello Future

Outside in Music
2021

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Kinetic

Outside in Music
2021

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Cast Of Characters

Outside in Music
2020

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That's a Computer

Outside in Music
2018

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The Answer Is No

Inside Out Music
2017

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We're More Than the Sum of Our Influences

From: Cast Of Characters
By Lucas Pino

The Guru

From: Cast Of Characters
By Lucas Pino

... the Alternative

From: Cast Of Characters
By Lucas Pino

You'll Never Know ...

From: Cast Of Characters
By Lucas Pino

Venus

From: Cast Of Characters
By Lucas Pino

The Weatherman

From: Cast Of Characters
By Lucas Pino

(Take the) Fork in the Road

From: Cast Of Characters
By Lucas Pino

A Duke

From: Cast Of Characters
By Lucas Pino

... Patience

From: Cast Of Characters
By Lucas Pino

Patience...

From: Cast Of Characters
By Lucas Pino

Brutus, the Contemporary

From: Cast Of Characters
By Lucas Pino

... Perspective

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By Lucas Pino

Evolution of ...

From: Cast Of Characters
By Lucas Pino

A Sorcerer (is a myth)

From: Cast Of Characters
By Lucas Pino

Antiquity

From: That's a Computer
By Lucas Pino

On the Road

From: No Net Nonet
By Lucas Pino

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