D-Lucca

D-Lucca

 Walnut Creek, California, USA
BandJazzPop

High Energy Modern Jazz with a slammin' Rock Back Beat. Simply Beautiful Music.

Biography


D-Lucca

Piccolo Bass? Isn’t that an oxymoron? Not when you’re talking about D-Lucca, who is among a mere handful of people who can pull it off. As with Stanley Clarke and the late Wayman Tisdale, D-Lucca can count himself as one of the few artists able to bring the piccolo bass into a well-warranted limelight. Daniel Lucca Parenti,shortened to D-Lucca, is a San Francisco Bay Area native who has performed with many jazz legends, including Rosemary Clooney, Michael Brecker, and Lionel Hampton. Bass Player Magazine said of D-Lucca, “Aptly handling a variety of basses, including melody-manning piccolo, [D-Lucca’s] material is alternately laid-back and fused-out modern jazz.” Though D-Lucca may not follow the jazz-fusion lead of Clarke or the smooth jazz of recent sensation Tisdale, he has definitely found his niche within the newest wave of modern jazz. “D-Lucca has fused jazz and rock so beautifully that you don’t know when one ends and the other begins,” wrote Susan Frances from JazzReview.com.

Musically, people had been taking notice of Daniel since the age of 12 when a junior high school music teacher, impressed with his ability to read music, handed him a bass and said, “If you can learn to play this over the summer you can be my bass player in the jazz band.” And so he did. Over the next few years, a lot of hard work, lessons, and hours of practice kept him advancing through school music programs.

Inspired by amazing teachers and legendary artists like Rush and Michael Manring, Daniel began to focus his talents and by age 17, had become an accomplished jazz and rock bassist. After high school he attended Cal State University at Hayward and was selected as a freshman to play with Dave Eshelmann’s top Jazz Ensemble. With the CSUH Jazz Ensemble, Daniel had the pleasure of touring all over California and parts of Nevada, as well as a tour of Southern Brazil. By this time Daniel had discovered the amazing music of such artists as Jaco Pastorious, Weather Report, Dave Holland, and Squarepusher which inspired him to begin to write and perform his own music. At age 19 he’d been tabbed to be the bassist for Matt Catingub’s “Copa Cat Pack Band,” with Concord Jazz Records. Daniel would go on to tour with several popular jazz artists, including, Rosemary Clooney and Michael Feinstein, as Bassist for The Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack. With Rosemary and Michael, over a four year period, Daniel made several appearances on “The Rosie O’Donnell Show,” and “The View,” toured all over the continental U.S., Hawaii, Germany, and Canada, and performed at many popular Jazz Festivals, including, 2000 Stuttgart Jazz Open, 2000-1 Westbury Jazz Festivals, NY, 2001 Maysville Jazz Festival, KY, and also 2000-1 Human Rights Campaign, DC. With Big Kahuna, Daniel performed and recorded with the reputable Honolulu Pops Orchestra; and recorded four full length CD's with Concord Jazz Records, two of which were Grammy Nominated. And, he still managed to help pay his college tuition and complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance and Composition at the same time.

Daniel has become one of the top call bassists in the San Francisco Bay Area performing with many well known Bay Area artists such as, Billy Johnson (Santana), Frank Martin (Narda Michael Walden), Joel Smith (Walter Hawkins), and Lorn Leber (Gerry Garcia Band) just to name a few. Recently, touring with Terry Disley from Acoustic Alchemy, Daniel has performed at the Jazz Trax Smooth Jazz Festival at Incline Village, Lake Tahoe and the Jazz Trax Smooth Jazz Festival at Catalina Island in 2004. Daniel is also featured on Terry Disley's album entitled, "Across the Pond." Terry Disley said about Daniel, “I was much taken aback when I first heard this young man play the bass. He is my very first recommendation. I appreciate his overall musicianship, his skill on all the basses both on acoustic upright and electric instruments, and his constant reliability and professionalism. He shows maturity beyond his years and his playing shows his deep knowledge and understanding of the history and source of his art. This combined with his passion for music and a desire to be the best at his craft, make him irreplaceable.”

In 2003 Daniel decided that it was time to pursue his own ambitions and showcase his own music. Daniel has always been a writer and arranger. Even since the start when he was learning the piano, was writing music and putting together collections of original songs. All through his school career compiled a book of original jazz compositions that number in the hundreds. Now as D-Lucca, he has released five full length original albums of his own "The All For You Project," "Cruise Control," "The Next Level," and “Pressing Forward,” as well as masterful Christmas Album, "Have Yourself a Fretless Little Christmas." His solo career is now coming to life having performed at the world renown Yoshi’s Jazz Club and many Bay Area music festivals

Lyrics

Superior Lover

Written By: Wandah C Mitchell

Superior Lover

Chorus

Boy I’ll always be there for you
‘Cause my love is true
And there’s nothing I won’t do
My love has taken control of me
Like in my Wildest Fantasies
I just want to take care of you
‘Cause your love is true
And there’s nothing I won’t do
You’re like no other my superior lover
I thank god for you.

Verse 1
From the moment I saw your face
And when I looked in your eyes
I knew I was in the right place
But much to my surprise
I found a love so deep so strong
Makin’ love the whole night long
Unconditional and real…that’s how your lovin’ feels
When I’m sad you make me glad
When I down you pick me up
Your love has given me identity
Peace within and tranquility
You’ve taken me to a higher place
Suspended in time floatin’ ‘round in space
So open your eyes so you can see
Just what you mean to me.

Chorus

Bridge

Every beat of my heart beats for you and
(My heart beats for you)
My soul fills with love sweet love for you and
(Love sweet love for you)
Always remember I will always be
(I’ll always be there)
There for you forever and ever.

Chorus…..Repeat and fade

Pressing Forward

Written By: Daniel Lucca Parenti (ASCAP)

Pressing Forward - by Daniel Lucca Parenti (ASCAP)

Discography

Rosemary Clooney, "Sentimental Journey," Concord Jazz Records 2001

Rosemary Clooney, "The Last Concert, "Concord Jazz Records 2002

Rosie O'Donnell, "A Rosie Christmas," Sony Music Entertainment with Columbia Records 1999.

Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack, "Hawaiian Swing," Concord Jazz Records 1999.

Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack, "Shake Thos Hula Hips," Concord Jazz Records 2001.

Pressing Forward, Fourth Solo Album, D-Lucca Entertainment 2009.

The All For You Project, First Solo Album, D-Lucca Entertainment 2005.

Cruise Control, Second Solo Album, D-Lucca Entertainment 2006.

The Next Level, Third Solo Album, Innervision Records, 2007

Have Yourself a Fretless Little Christmas, solo Christmas album, Innervision Records, 2007.

Mike Vax and Friends of Big Band Swing, 2001.

California State University Jazz Ensemble, "Metro," Independent 1998-99.

California State University Jazz Ensemble, "Excursions," Independent 2002.

The Catholic Community of Pleasanton Music Ministry, "Songs of Christmas," Independent 2003.

Dynamic, "Photosynthesis," Independent 2003.

Dank Man Shank, "You Turn Me On," Independent 2002.

Boone Spooner, “10 Songs,” Independent 2003.

Terry Disley, “Experience Christmas,” Independent 2004.

Terry Disley, “Across the Pond,” Independent 2006.

Roy McNeal, “Organik,” Independent 2005

Ed McClary, "The Greatest Christmas Album Evern Made," Independent 2004

Christopher Hedge, "The New Heroes," Triloka/Artemis Records 2005

Chi McClean, "Something Out There," Independent 2009

Ben Flint, “World Soul Project,” Independent 2006

TV Performances

Rosie O Donnell Show, ABC

A&E Biography, Rosemary Clooney, A&E

Rosie O Donnell's Christmas Special, ABC

The View, ABC

Swing It, PBS special on big band swing

1st Cut FOX

D-Lucca has performed with:

Rosemary Clooney

Michael Feinstein

Michael Brecker (Brecker Brothers, Jaco Pastorious)

John Oddo (Arranger for Rosemary Clooney)

Maureen McGovern

Debbie Boone (Pat Boone)

Jimmy Darren

Will Kennedy (Yellowjackets)

Joel Smith (Walter Hawkins, Jerry Garcia Band)

Tony Tennille (The Captain and Tennile)

Anne Hampton Calloway

Lionel Hampton

Dee Dee Bridgewater

Lee Musiker (Buddy Rich)

Peter Erskine (Yellow Jackets, Steely Dan)

John Stowell

Conrad Herwig (Eddie Palmieri)

George Bohannon

Frank Mercurio (Cal Jader)

Tom Harrell

Terence Disley (Acoustic Alchemy, Paul McCartney)

Vivian Jett

James Moody

Maria Schneider

Rene Escovedo

Joe Hebert (California Symphony Orchestra)

Lorn Leber (Jerry Garcia Band)

Mark Russo (Doobie Brothers, Yellow Jackets)

Billy Johnson (Santana)

Ira Stein (Windham Hill Recording Artist)

Ben Flint (Isaac Hayes)

Rob Fisher (Cal Jader)

Jimmy Dobson (Celine Dion)

Kime (Sony Norwegian Pop Artist)

Louie Bellson

Tommy Bradford (The Braxton Brothers)

Frank Martin

Bill Spooner (The Tubes)

John Ethridge (Django)

Chi

Jovan Watkins

Dave Hollister (Black Street)

Set List

Typically 90 min Sets....