Buddy Lucas (musician)  

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Alonza Westbrook "Buddy" Lucas (16 August 1914 – 18 March 1983), was an American jazz saxophonist and bandleader, who is possibly more famous for his session work on harmonica.

As a bandleader, he led bands such as Buddy Lucas & His Band of Tomorrow, the Gone All Stars, and Buddy Lucas & His Shouters, and he also went under the stage name of "Big" Buddy Lucas.

As a session musician, he recorded with Horace Silver, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Titus Turner, The Rascals, Yusef Lateef, and Aretha Franklin, amongst others. He also played sax on Dion and The Belmonts' Laurie recordings.

He was born in Rockville, Alabama, and died in Stamford, Connecticut, aged 68.


As leader/co-leader
  • 1952: "Hustlin' Family Blues"/"I'll Never Smile Again" - Buddy Lucas and His Band of Tomorrow
  • 1952: "Drive Daddy Drive" - Little Sylvia Sings with Buddy Lucas and His Band of Tomorrow
  • 1954: "A Million Tears" - Little Sylvia Sings with Buddy Lucas Orchestra
  • 1956: "Blueberry Hill"
  • 1957: "Bo-Lee"/"Star Dust"
  • 1957: "Hound Dog"/"When My Dreamboat Comes Home" - Buddy Lucas with Jimmy Carrol & Orchestra
  • 1957: "Searchin'" Buddy Lucas
  • 1967: Honkin' Sax
As sideman

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