A young Peruvian Saxophonist breaking through the Minneapolis music scene with a huge sound and effervescent personality. From a young age, Lucia has been influenced by the classic jazz cats like John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins, as well as the gritty more modern Chris Potter and Michael Brecker.
Lucia has been mentored by Eric Kamau Gravatt (Drummer for Weather Report, McCoy Tyner, Joe Henderson) since Summer of 2015 as a permanent member of his Jazz Quintet, Source Code. Together with some of the finest players in the Twin Cities, they explore the depths of free improvisation.
In August 2016, Lucia joined New Sound Underground, a Jazz Fusion/Funk band from the Twin Cities that has packed venues including the Dakota, the Icehouse, Paisley Park and Festivals such as South by South West.
Lucia is a current saxophone and flute instructor at the St. Paul School of Music, and a clinician for the Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education, she regularly visits high school and middle schools in the Twin Cities Area.
The Lucia Sarmiento Quintet was featured at the Twin Cities Jazz Festival in 2014 and 2016. In July 2015, Andrea Swensson invited them to be part of The Current's Radio Show After Hours, where they recorded Peruvian Festejo Chincha and the original Groove Sauce, followed by an interview.