Born: January 3, 1981
B.J. Jansen, born January 3rd 1981 in Cincinnati (now residing in New York City), has established himself as a charismatic and dynamic performer, composer, bandleader and educator on and off the stage. B.J.’s journey in music began at age 10 when his father bought him an Alto Saxophone and gave him recordings of Gerry Mulligan and Charlie Parker. He later found his true voice on the Baritone Saxophone while performing in various college ensembles.
His musical journey took him from the Midwest to the East Coast when he relocated to Philadelphia in 2004. It was in Philadelphia that he found the, “heart beat”, of Jazz. He spent three years learning on the streets of Philadelphia before relocating yet again to New York City in 2007....
—Andy Hardy, Jazz Host on George Jazz FM, New Zealand
Up-And-Coming and Soon-To-Be, Jazz Legend
—Al Lubiejewski, JAZZ HOST on WQLN 91.3 FM
A Soldier for Jazz.
—Ty Bailey, WVST
B. J. Jansen and his articulate baritone sax leads his group Conjura into some immaculate ensemble and solo playing. On Movement Vol. 1, there are all original cuts either written by B.J or Frank Stagnitta, Piano. There is no compromising here just straight ahead Jazz... B.J., originally from Cincinnati now living in the NY area is knowledgeable, bold, aggressive, and determined to make great jazz music and jazz happenings. What an outing for a not only 27-year-old talented musician... but a truly experienced soul.
—Ty Bailey, Host of Just Jazz' Radio Show on WVST FM
This CD is the essence of Hard Bop! (Referring to Movement Vol. 1) —Disk Union, Tokyo
B.J. Jansen controls his baritone saxophone, summoning a flawless series of notes for each run in the ensemble's traditional jazz tunes. —LEO Weekly
...BJ Jansen & Conjura are just the ticket for a smoking Friday night. —Philadelphia Weekly
...shades of Blue Note, indeed. —Washington Post
B. J. Jansen & Frank Stagnitta - Ballads: Reflections of a New World, JansenMusic - 2009
This time out, B. J. is at ease playing the entire range of the baritone sax. On Ballads: Reflections of a New World, B.J. and pianist Frank Stagnitta tackle compositions written by Ellington, Coltrane, Tadd Dameron, himself and others. These two accomplished musicians use a rather crafty approach as they combine the attractive but relaxing aural effects of Baritone sax paired with the Fender Rhodes... interesting. This approach tends to even out the inherent power of the barisax making for a romantic sensual voyage of Ballads.
—Ty Bailey, Jazz Radio Host on WVST-FM
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