At 26 years of age, drummer Lucas Sader has established himself internationally as a recording artist, composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, and writer.

Sader graduated with his Bachelor of Jazz Studies Degree in Drumset Performance from the University of Manitoba Marcel A. Desautels Faculty of Music in 2013. As a student in the program, Sader studied primarily with world-renowned drummer Quincy Davis. Throughout his degree, Lucas also studied and worked with Terreon Gully, George Colligan, Steve Kirby, Derrick Gardner, Laurent Roy, Will Bonness, Anna-Lisa Kirby, and Jimmy Greene. Other teachers and mentors include David Schneider, Bill Kristjanson, Curtis Nowosad, and Jauvon Gilliam.

Lucas Sader performing at the 2014 Winnipeg DrumTalk Festival. Photo credit: Matt Duboff.

In 2012, Sader recorded and released his debut album as a leader, Apollo: Tribute to the Miles Davis Quintet, with The Lucas Sader ProjectThe album features Sader on drums, along with acclaimed trumpeter Derrick Gardner, alto and tenor saxophonist Paul Balcain, pianist Paul De Gurse, and bassist Karl Kohut. Balcain, De Gurse, and Kohut are all in-demand artists on a national level, while Gardner has appeared on Grammy-winning recordings and worked with a litany of artists, including The Count Basie Orchestra, Harry Connick Jr., and Tony Bennett. 

Released by Lucas Sader Music, the dynamic record label and production company Sader founded in 2012, Apollo pays homage to iconic trumpeter Miles Davis and his groundbreaking 1960's Quintet. Sader was awarded grants from both FACTOR and Manitoba Film and Music for the recording of the album. Apollo was released to critical acclaim with The Winnipeg Free Press awarding the album four stars (Chris Smith, November 2012). Apollo reached #1 on !earshot’s monthly National Jazz Radio Chart (January 2013), charting in 16 cities across Canada, and has got extensive airplay worldwide. Apollo was nominated for the 3rd annual Julian Award of Excellence, a national prize recognizing emerging Canadian jazz artists, in early 2014. "Apollo reminds us of a golden age in jazz while introducing a young talent to watch” (Kerry Doole, New Canadian Music).

Now featuring pianist Will Bonness, JUNO-nominated guitarist Laurent Roy, and JUNO-nominated vocalist Erin Propp, The Lucas Sader Project continues to evolve. The group has been featured in the 2012, 2013, and 2015 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festivals. Other artists Lucas has worked with include country recording artist David James, hip hop artist KayR, Steve Kirby’s Jazz on Wheels, The Paul De Gurse Quartet as part of the 2011 and 2013 TD Winnipeg International Jazz Festivals, and The University of Manitoba Alumni All-Star Band, Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Orchestra, and Percussion Ensemble.

Sader currently teaches out of The Music Cellar in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He has worked extensively as a guest clinician in middle schools, high schools, secondary institutions, and music camps. Lucas was a keynote presenter at the 2014 Winnipeg DrumTalk Festival. His writing has been featured in a variety of publications, including dig! Magazine.


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