Hello everyone,

I truly hope you and yours have enjoyed a happy and safe February thus far.

I am incredibly elated to announce that The Lucas Sader Project’s “Apollo” reached #1 on !earshot’s monthly National Jazz Chart and #57 on their monthly Top 200 Chart for January. It means so much to see that people across the country are enjoying the album. “Apollo” has charted in 12 cities coast to coast, from Victoria, British Columbia to Saint John, New Brunswick. To check out where the album stands in the latest charts from each city, click here

Two fellow Winnipeg artists also cracked this month’s National Jazz Chart, with Curtis Nowosad’s “The Skeptic and the Cynic” reaching #3, and Erin Propp’s recent release “Courage, My Love” coming in at #7. If you haven’t already, make sure to pick up both of these exceptional albums and keep an eye out for their upcoming events. I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of such a vibrant jazz scene here in Winnipeg. Click here to check out January's National Jazz Chart.

I am also thrilled to announce a few exciting happenings involving myself and the group. The LSP will be performing next Sunday, February 17th in a warming hut on the river path at The Forks from 1-4PM. We will be in a trio configuration, featuring myself on drums, Derrick Gardner on trumpet, and Karl Kohut on bass. This is as part of a special cultural event, presented by Manitoba Music, Jazz Winnipeg, and other sponsors. I will have more details for you in the next week or so. Keep an eye out in the local press for details on the event as well.

dig! Magazine in an integral cornerstone in Winnipeg’s jazz community. The next issue hits the stands at the beginning of March. Another one my passions is writing, and I am honored to have written an article for the “Dreamscapes” section of the March/April issue. I couldn’t be happier with how the article turned out, and I cannot wait to share it with you.

Winnipeg’s 101.5 UMFM features two fantastic jazz radio shows. Make sure to tune in Tuesdays 1:00-2:00 to catch Straight Ahead with host Aaron Sabasch, and Thursdays 4:00-6:00 to hear Curtis Nowosad host Tomorrow is the Question.

I leave you with a favorite quote of mine as food for thought:

“Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” -  Joshua J. Marine

Carpe diem,

- Lucas