Formed in the deserts of the Southwest United States - DAT provides a funky and contemporary take on Traditional Melodies and while still swinging away on the Modern Masters. Delbert Anderson, Nicholas Lucero and Mike McCluhan were oddities in their small community – all talented jazz musicians with international touring and playing experience. Consumate sideman for artists including Ernie Watts, Terence Blanchard, Kevin Eubanks, Bobby Watson, T.S. Monk, Neena Freelong, Greg Abate and many others – DAT decided to get together and experiment with their unconventional instrumentation and influences. DAT knew it had something unique pulling from each individual members musicianship and being inspired by Delbert’s Navajo Upbringing.
Navajo jazz performer, Delbert Anderson began his jazz studies in 2004 at Eastern New Mexico University. Anderson studied with saxophonist Christopher Beaty and trumpeter John Kennedy. Anderson was highly influenced by Lee Morgan, Clifford Brown, Sonny Rollins, and Joshua Redman. Delbert has most recently performed with TS Monk – son of legendary Jazz Musician Thelonious Monk. Delbert’s focus is on keeping the great American Art of Jazz alive and well.
Hailing from NY originally - Mike has had a long career playing bass with literally countless artists. Drawing heavily from such varied musicians such as The Grateful Dead to Charles Mingus - Mike is well known for his versatility and his innate ability to play any style of music and play it well. Mike provides a lot of the groove and feel for DAT!
Born in Albuquerque, NM - Nicholas has had the opportunity to play with several great jazz artists. Beginning at age 5 Nicholas played Tenor Sax, Piano and Marimba but eventually found his voice on the drums. Focusing mostly on Jazz and being heavily influenced by artists such as Chick Corea and John Coltrane - Nicholas has used his playing as a vehicle to perform across the US and parts of Europe.