At 22 years of age, Lucas Sader has established himself as a drummer, bandleader, composer, arranger, educator, and journalist.
He leads The Lucas Sader Project, a Winnipeg-based group committed to producing a fresh outlook on jazz music, which also features world-renowned trumpeter Derrick Gardner, alto/tenor saxophonist Paul Balcain, pianist Paul De Gurse and bassist Karl Kohut. Balcain, Kohut, and De Gurse are in-demand artists on a national level while Gardner has worked with a litany of artists, including the Count Basie Orchestra, Harry Connick Jr., Dizzy Gillespie and Tony Bennett.
This November the group released it's debut album, titled "Apollo: Tribute to the Miles Davis Quintet". The album pays homage to one of the most innovative groups and bandleaders in the history of music, trumpeter Miles Davis and his legendary 1960's Quintet, through featuring the group's original compositions and arrangements of jazz standards as well as original compositions and arrangements by Sader. The album was recorded live off the floor soon after their sold-out performance in the 2012 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festival.
Lucas has had the great fortune of performing and recording with many different artists in a variety of settings, including Jimmy Greene, Steve Kirby's Jazz on Wheels, Larry Roy, Anna-Lisa Kirby, the Paul De Gurse Quartet (as part of the 2011 TD International Winnipeg Jazz Festival), Will Bonness, Erin Propp, and both the University of Manitoba Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Orchestra.
Sader is currently enrolled in the last year of his Bachelor of Jazz Studies degree in the University of Manitoba Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music, where he has had the privilege of studying with many world-class artists. He is currently a pupil of Quincy Davis and has also studied with Terreon Gully and George Colligan. Other teachers and mentors include David Schnieder of The Music Cellar, Bill Kristjanson, and Curtis Nowosad.