Born: July 30, 1971
Mix together the styles of Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, and Stevie Ray Vaughn and you have the recipe for contempo-jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz. The NJ native has played guitar since his early teens, is a graduate of Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, and has studied with such masters as Mike Stern, Vic Juris, and Charlie Banacos along the way. Lenz has released 8 highly-acclaimed recordings as a leader featuring greats such as Randy Brecker, Will Lee, Joel Rosenblatt, & Mark Egan and his music has been featured in hundreds of TV shows globally including Breaking Bad (AMC), Catfish (MTV), and Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations (Travel Channel) to name a few...
Awards"2008, 2009, & 2011 Rising Star Award: Best Jazz Band" GigMasters
While doing a live album, with such a diverse repertoire, poses risk, Lenz rises to the occasion, releasing an entertaining and engaging album that is sure to be included on this year’s 'Best of' lists for jazz guitar Guitar International
Contemporary jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz’s quartet lays down a funky, jamming vibe...integrating catchy good time grooves with moodier, blues-inflicted pieces JazzTimes
“…[Straight Up] is so there, so ideal, so darn near perfect that it makes a listener want to head straight up there in a pilgrimage to quality...” JazzImprov Magazine
Lenz is of the ...20 New Jersey musicians 40 and under - who should be a big part of the state’s jazz future … Newark Star-Ledger
“Lenz has mastered his instrument and his confidence overflows everywhere... All About Jazz
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