Lunched is an international management, booking and consulting agency for musicians, based in Montreal, Canada. It was founded in 2007 by Jean-Pierre Leduc. Its current management clients, Canadians all, are piano icon Wray Downes; keyboardist Afraaz Mulji; and bassist Brandi Disterheft. All other artists listed are booking clients, which the company represents in various countries worldwide, with the exception of the USA.
Hank Jones with JP Leduc, 2008
Lunched was initially inspired by Leduc’s collaboration with the late violinist Billy Bang, whose acclaimed Vietnam-themed recordings Leduc conceived and co-produced. Subsequently, the opportunity arose to manage jazz piano legend Hank Jones, and their close collaboration and friendship yielded sold-out concerts the world over, and the Grammy-nominated recordings Pleased To Meet You (with Oliver Jones) and Come Sunday, with Charlie Haden. Leduc also managed the late piano giant Cedar Walton, up to his passing in August, 2013; the late vocal legend Mark Murphy; drum legend Jimmy Cobb and pianist Harold Mabern.
Lunched Management & Booking Today: Jazz Giants – Present & Future
Lunched built its reputation by representing legendary artists as well as developing artists.
This tradition continues with today's roster which includes percussionist Mino Cinelu; pianist/composer Guy Mintus; acclaimed vocalist Nancy Kelly; drummer Nasheet Waits; and pianist and percussionist Afraaz Mulji.
Known for its diverse array of talent as well as its focus on presenting both world-renowned and developing jazz musicians, the Lunched roster also includes the soul singer Alan Prater; electric bassist and composer Al Baculis; the Montreal-based classical trio of soprano Aline Kutan, pianist Louise-Andrée Baril and clarinetist Andre Moisan; and the Ensemble Sinfonia de Montréal, conducted by Louis Lavigueur.