The Luca Brasi Four grew out of a series of live gigs in Lancaster in early 2015, and have become one of Lancaster’s most popular bands.
Originally from California, Tim Hickman is a lecturer in the History Department at Lancaster University. He has played guitar since he was 13 and studied music performance at the University of Oregon with Don Latarski. Later, he studied with Sid Jacobs in Los Angeles and Trefor Owen in Manchester. His influences are Pat Martino, Johnny Smith, Jim Hall and Kenny Burrell.
Drummer Richard Rushton, film studies lecturer at Lancaster University, hails from Australia and played in several pop, jazz and funk bands in Sydney before moving to Lancaster. Since 2011, he has played in the Lancaster-based jazz group, Swerve Trio. His playing is influenced by the many great drummers who played with Miles Davis over the years - Max Roach, Tony Williams, Jack Dejohnette and Al Foster - as well as Elvin Jones and Paul Motian.
Bassist Ken Johnston is an established local musician who plays in several Lancaster bands. A Londoner by birth, Ken comes from a long line of musicians and has lived in Lancaster for 20 years, where he studied Bass with Laurence Canty. He can now be found, alongside Ana, his trusty one hundred and sixty five year old double bass, gracing many a local stage with groups such as High Society, About Time Band and N’Dodo. Among his influences are the Motown legend James Jamerson, King Oliver, Charlie Parker and Robert Johnson.
James Bell, alto saxophonist with The Luca Brasi Four, is a music teacher working in several schools across the area as well as teaching privately. He played in several bands during his time at college and then at University, where he studied Music Practice. James is very strongly influenced by Charlie Parker as well Miles Davis and Wayne Shorter.
If your thing is a cool selection of mid twentieth century jazz classics from giants like Parker, Shorter, Davis and Goodman, you’ll get it with The Luca Brasi Four - an eclectic mix of great tunes and quirky arrangements lubricated with a generous helping of swing.