Lukas Vesely

Lukas Vesely

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Jazz - Contemporary | San Fransisco, California, United States
Total Song Plays: 242   
Member Since: 2010
   Last Login: over 30 days ago

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Lukas' Bio

Lukas was born in Prague, Czech Republic and moved to the United States when he was only three years old. His father was a professional jazz musician in Europe so when relocating to the U.S., he started Lukas out on piano at the age of six. Lukas later switched to bass and went on to play the Montreux and the North Sea jazz festivals while still in high-school. During this time he received many outstanding musicianship awards from IAJE jazz festivals and the World of Music festival in Los Angeles, Ca. At the end of high school, Lukas received a full tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, Ma. and also became a faculty member at the Stanford Jazz Workshop.

From his studies at Berklee and his teaching experience at Stanford, he had the pleasure of working and learning form great jazz artists such as Joe Henderson, Ray Brown, Marcus Belgrave, Steve Coleman, Gregory Hutchinson, and Oscar Stagnaro to name a few. In 1998, Lukas traveled to Japan on an ambassador tour sponsored by Berklee giving clinics and performing at various venues including the world famous Star Eyes in Nagoya.

Also during college, Lukas had the opportunity to meet and collaborate with world-renowned classical and new age clarinetist, Richard Stoltzman. This led to a series of concerts including one performed at the Hollywood Bowl with his son, Peter Stoltzman, a tremendous pianist in his own right, not to mention Alex Acuna(Weather Report) on drums.

One of Lukas' many musical engagements has been with a famous West Coast based swing band called Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums. With this band, he has had the opportunity to play at the 2003 Montreux jazz festival as well as the Meridien Jazz Club in Paris in 2005. In 2006, he was invited back to Japan by a famous marimba player, Mika Yoshida(Steve Reich-Triple Quartet), to play a series of concerts in southern Japan. On this tour, Lukas had the opportunity to team up with the great classical percussionist, Bill Cahn(Nexus) as well as with Richard and Peter Stoltzman once more.

In 2007, Lukas became a part time member of the Peter Stoltzman Trio which featured the great Bob Moses on drums. In July, he also played a concert with his long time friend, Yosvanny Terry (Avishai Cohen, Bill Douglas, Steve Coleman) and the wonderful Ndugu Chancelor(Weather Report, Michael Jackson) on drums. Along with his first jazz recording as a leader, Peace Prayer, which features Jaz Sawyer (Irvin Mayfield, Abbey Lincoln) on drums, he recorded bass on the famous jazz trombonist, Grachan Moncur III's record entitled, Inner Cry Blues. The album was released in May.

In 2008 , Lukas started performing with his brother's band, Secondhand Serenade. Since joining his brother's band, he has performed on TV shows such as Late night with Conan O'Brien, the CBS Early Show, and the Jimmy Kimmel Show.
Secondhand Serenade had also toured and played festivals with bands such as The Scorpions, Mr. Big, My Chemical Romance, Metro Station, Lifehouse, White Tie Affair, and Yellowcard.

In '09, Lukas toured internationally playing keyboards for Secondhand Serenade, opening up for Lilly Allen in the Bahamas and the Fray in Australia. He also traveled to Indonesia where he played for well over forty thousand people.

In '10 Lukas recorded bass on Secondhand Serenade's third studio album entitled, Hear Me Know'. He also had the pleasure of performing on the the VH1 Best Cruise Ever with bands such as Three Doors Down and Lifehouse.

Now in the beginning of 2011, Lukas recently came back from a tour of Indonesia and Malaysia where he played bass for Secondhand Serenade.

Along with being involved in the music world, he has also worked with and helped organizations such as Environment California ,World Vision, and JazzForPeace(, and Greenpeace.