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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HP Advert

The Second Half of the Bet is featured in promo material for the new HP Connected Music service featuring Beats Music. It’s sweet to have fans spreading the word in so many different ways!HP MusicHere’s the link to the ad on


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Disappear Fear

Hi! It’s been a crazy few months, but here we are in October and I’m just back from 18 days out with Disappear Fear and we’re playing tonight at Genghis Cohen. It’s been really inspiring to get out and see how a master folkie like SONiA works. I’ve been playing bass, and will tonight, but I missed the guitar too much to be more than a half time bassist. So, please come out to see this great band, hear some great tunes and giggle at me with that Fender P-Bass in my hand at my old haunt. Hope to see you all soon!

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NEW VIDEO @ NAMM w/ Voyage-Air TelAir


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Let’s not keep this secret…

I’m featured on as one of the 10 best kept secrets of the year. Spread the word and let’s make it to the top 10 breakout artists list next year!

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Sunday morning review of SHOTB

Last Wednesday I met a writer, Marc Goldsmith, who’s doing a 365 day music blog at the Hammer Museum after a program on LA, and Passing Strange with Stew and Heidi of The Negro Problem. Sunday morning he reviewed my album. LA is really made up of people who do things and don’t just talk about it! Check out the full review here:

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New Press and Videos

Hi! Just thought you might like to know about a couple additions to the site and other links.

I’ve added some press clippings from March, which you can find here: [cref 145 Jason Luckett Press].

I’ve also updated my YouTube channel, so it all makes a little more sense. Check it out here: Jason Luckett YouTube.

And here’s a new clip from last week at Kulak’s Woodshed:


I started working on a new video with Simko last weekend. Hopefully we’ll finish it up when I get back from Texas.

Hope to see you or your proxies in Texas over the next few days. [cref 2974 The Bugle Boy show is Saturday].

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Beautiful Struggle – KPFK

Last night I had the privilege to play a song on “Beautiful Struggle” on KPFK here in Los Angeles.  The theme of the evening was education and the cutbacks we’re facing in California.  For more info on the March 4th Strike, go to:

Co-host, Michael Datcher, had prompted me that the show would be on education issues.  And just a few days earlier I’d performed with Anne Feeney at an activist retirement community on the campus of UCBerkeley.  One of the women after the show told me how my song, “Jackson, MS,” captured issues that aren’t being taught in schools much these days.  So I pulled that one out for the show.


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JL Essay Published in The Black Body

Here are some blurbs for The Black Body:

Meri Danquah has taken the race debate to another level, deeper and more provocative than we’ve gone before.”—Danzy Senna, author of Where Did You Sleep Last Night? and Caucasia

“This singularly brave book recounts with poignancy, wit and fierce passion the ways that Americans, black and white, have come to understand the ‘black body.’…An utterly compelling collection.”—Andrew Solomon, author of The Noonday Demon

“A bold, cutting-edge and ultimately uplifting anthology destined to become a classic in African-American literature. There is a hunger for redemption in these ethereal essays that is triumphant.”—Douglas Brinkley, author of The Wilderness Warrior and Rosa Parks

What does it mean to have, or to love, a black body? Taking on the challenge of interpreting the black body’s dramatic role in American culture are thirty black, white, and biracial contributors—award-winning actors, artists, writers, and comedians—including voices as varied as President Obama’s inaugural poet Elizabeth Alexander, actor and best-selling author Hill Harper, political strategist Kimball Stroud, television producer Joel Lipman, former Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts, and singer-songwriter Jason Luckett.

Ranging from deeply serious to playful, sometimes hilarious, musings, these essays explore myriad issues with wisdom and a deep sense of history. Meri Nana-Ama Danquah’s unprecedented collection illuminates the diversity of identities and individual experiences that define the black body in our culture.

Buy it on Amazon, the Seven Stories Publisher’s site, or your favorite bookstore.  Better yet come to the reading on Tuesday at Skylight Books in Los Angeles.

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