Monthly Archives: August 2014

Paris…and sorry I missed Berlin

View from our flat for the weekWow, wow, wow! So happy to be in Paris and have the opportunity not only to play music for people, but to stay in my cousin’s amazing apartment here. I’m looking at the Eiffel Tower as I sit on the balcony at a red table, in a red chair. It’s just unbelievably gorgeous. And when we arrived, after Franni showed us the lay of the land, we walked around the corner to a farmers market where we bought the fresh strawberries I’m eating now. We also had a turkish lunch and picked up groceries for our dinner.

We’ve been in three countries now in two weeks. Eight days in London where I felt like I had such a nice connection with new people at the shows and really loved seeing friends Merideth & Ella, Julian & Wendy, Drusilla, Tina, Bei & Greg, Fiona, Steve and Richard & Andy – who booked me for gigs – and their teams, who always make me feel like returning family. I’m so lucky!

As I write..Then we went to Berlin and stayed with the US Ambassador to Germany and his family. They actually gave us a guest house to ourselves and treated us to amazing meals and the love of family with their three daughters. Adrianne has taught them for years and we’ve produced recordings for all three. They’re a talented and spirited bunch. And yes, I got to ride in a bulletproof car in a motorcade. And I got to see the amazing David Bowie exhibition with special stuff added specific to the time spent there recording Heroes and Low that wasn’t in the Victoria & Albert exhibition. But what was most interesting was to get the feeling of Berlin without the wall. I grew up with the Cold War heavy on in the Reagan 80s and only went to Berlin before the wall fell. It’s amazing to think that it’s been more than 24 years since the Wall fell. Some of you reading might never have considered it at all when thinking of global politics at all. But it seemed a thing that would never budge. I remember being in love with Eastern Bloc writers like Milan Kundera who talked so much about how those hungering for free expression were able to do so under the watchful eye of “communist” governments. (See the film “The Lives of Others” for another glimpse of that feeling.) So it was moving to be able to walk over the brick lines in parts of the city where the wall once stood. I could go on, and maybe will sometime about the people I met and their stories now and then.

But now, I’m going to enjoy Paris a little. Or take a nap…

Life is good.

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Soirée in Paris on Sunday, 24 August

Very happy to be back in Paris!

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We’re in London!

LAXIt’s been lemonade so far. Our flight was delayed, we had time for Real Food Daily right there in LAX — then our connecting flight was redirected to the gate next to our quick connection. The redirection caused confusion that kept us on the plane longer than expected to deplane, then our connection was delayed, so we got sushi in Dallas before getting back in the air. We got lost trying to find a cafe where we were to meet Adrianne’s brother, then ended up at an even better place for Lebanese food as we dashed in from the pouring rain and lightning. We were expecting a continuation of the hot summer they’ve been having here in London, instead we got a double rainbow.

Double Rainbow in Maida Vale


Today, I’ll meet my friend Merideth whom I’ve known for a couple decades now and we’ll go with her daughter to see a Bill Viola exhibition at St. Paul’s and a Matisse exhibition across the Millennium Bridge at the Tate, in the neighborhood where we’ve stayed the past two visits. And hopefully I’ll get to jam a little bit with her daughter, with whom I haven’t played since she was in the single digits!

Tomorrow, I’ll play at the 12 Bar Club on Denmark Street in Central London, which as I said in my previous post holds a special place for me as it was one of the first streets I visited in London so many years ago. Thursday is the Drawingroom in Chesham, and I’m looking forward the bucolic beauty heading out there, the great vibes of the space, and the English breakfast in the morning! Then the weekend is for connecting with dear friends that feel like family.

I’m feeling very lucky as I sit here up too early in a jet lagged mellow listening to Gilbertos Samba trying to keep quiet, as I smile, looking forward to three weeks of celebrating a lifetime of connections and new friends in beautiful cities and countryside.

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You mean your name isn’t First Name?

Oh, technology! As I was preparing my newsletter for my trip to Europe, the mailing server crashed and I couldn’t finish updating before the message went out. Sorry about that.

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London, Berlin, Paris!

I’ll be in London next week! Berlin follows, and Paris is after that. It’s mostly to visit friends…but that’s what most of my tours are, as well. It’s an opportunity to deepen and start new relationships with music as the social lubricant. I’ll do one show in Central London next Wednesday and a show at the furthest western reach of the London tube system in Chesham on Thursday evening. Nothing is planned for Berlin, but there will be an invitation only soiree in Paris on August 24. Let me know if you’d like to attend and I’ll forward your info to the host. And I’m always open for a quickly arranged house concert, if you are.

It’s been a long time since I’ve sent a proper newsletter and so I thought I’d catch you up a little. “Women and children first” could definitely describe my year since we last were in Europe. When we got back from Paris last year (a very funny trip exiting the country, in a taxi, the Eurostar to London, a tube to Heathrow, a jet across the Atlantic, and a silly Super Shuttle back to our home in LA) I went nearly straight on tour with Sonia and Disappear Fear playing bass. We got to see a good chunk of the US South, Midwest, and East Coast in just a few weeks. But I was kind of homesick and found it more rewarding to do a school year’s full of shows for children teaching them about water conservation and the environment. We did mostly public schools in Southern California, and it was really interesting to see the varied socioeconomic circumstances. Ultimately, it’s been refreshing to be around kids. Every once in a while I really felt needed for a conversation about life and sometimes I was tackled by hugs!

As that was winding down I started working more with Poe, getting her band together. I really enjoyed the audition process seeing all these amazing musicians in Los Angeles coming through. It’s just beautiful to see how everyone has such a different take on the same material back to back like that. Poe’s music is really great and she surrounds herself with really good people who are a reflection of her. We did a couple shows in June.

In March, Adrianne and I did our first show as a duo and got to showcase the song that we wrote together last year in France. Nick Mancini joined us on vibes. Adrianne and I also continued to do some production work for a trio of sisters’ individual projects.

In a more gender balanced arena, I kept up my monthly three hour Luckett & Friends show at the Left Coast Wine Bar, joined by Nailah Porter, William Galison, Emile Hassan Dyer, Diana Lynn, Brad Dutz, and Andrea Becker, among others. All this has taken some time from writing and recording music of my own, but what’s been coming in pieces is some of my best work, nurtured by these experiences.

So now it’s off to Europe! And when I return to LA in September, I get to make music with Kenny Burrell again on a fundraising show for an initiative called “Giving Back to the Future,” designed to nourish young musicians. I’ll be sure to keep you posted, especially if you’re in the LA area.

Life is good!

Hope to see and play for you soon!

Jason Luckett
Thursday, 14 August 2014, 7:30pm
The Drawingroom
Francis Yard, East Street, Chesham
Venue phone: 01494 791691

Jason Luckett
Wednesday, 13 August 2014, 7:30pm
12 Bar Club
12 Bar Club, Denmark Street,
London WC2H 8NL
Venue phone: (+44) 020 7240 2120

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12 Bar Club, London, Wednesday, 13 August

It’s becoming an annual visit! Really looking forward to sharing music again at the 12 Bar Club. Thanks to Andy for always offering up a little time for me to share with my UK friends. It’s an early show, 7:45 pm, so come by after work, before dinner, and we’ll see where the night takes us! Facebook Invitation

12 Bar 2013

A shot from last year.

Facebook Invitation

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