Malcolm Lukens was born in Washington, DC in 1947.
He started taking piano lessons before his 4th birthday and was actually learning to read music before learning to read English. His first paying gig was at a junior high dance where he made $8.
He started playing in local high school bands and by age 21 had toured the country with the Hollywood Argyles (had the hit “Alley Oop” in the 60′s). Returning to DC he took several 6 night a week house gigs.
During the course of his career he has recorded for the labels: Atlantic, Polydor, Polygram, Power House and New West (records and dvds).
He has played and/or recorded with Roy Buchanan, Danny Gatton, Albert Lee, Link Wray, Coco Montoya, Wayne Baker Brooks, Stanley Clarke, Jan Hammer, Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn, Narada Michael Walden, Arif Mardin (producer), Billy Cobham, Brecker brothers, Brigatti brothers, Will Lee, Larry Taylor, Hank Van Sickle, Billy Price, Maury Baker, Lance Quinn, Ray Gomez, Carlitos del Peurto, Lisa Cee. He has played Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center-DC, Capital Center-DC, Warner Theater-DC, Agora-Cleveland, Armadillo World Headquarters-Austin, Austin City Limits-Austin, Symphony Hall-Boston, Syria Mosque-Pittsburgh, Electric Ballrooms, Atlanta and Houston, Town Hall-NYC, Whiskey, Viper Room, Cat Club, Roxy and Troubadour (all Hollywood, CA).
He has played casinos in Las Vegas and Atlantic City and has toured Japan, Canada and America.