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B.D. Lenz

Born: July 30, 1971    Primary Instrument: Guitar

B.D. Lenz

B.D. Lenz is a funky/jazz guitarist extraordinaire. He has released 7 highly acclaimed recordings as a leader featuring such guests as Randy Brecker, Will Lee, Mark Egan, and Joel Rosenblatt to name a few. His band has played over a thousand gigs in N. America and Europe, his music can be heard on hundreds of TV shows internationally, and he's a pretty cool guy :)

Awards:

"2008, 2009, & 2011 Rising Star Award: Best Jazz Band" GigMasters
“...Part of the reason for his accessibility is that he not only fuses jazz and rock, he complements it with warm chords of funk, soul, and rhythm and blues...” New York Times

“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's sophisticated playing belies his high-school kid looks balancing the smooth jazz sensibilities of Larry Carlton with the harder-edged jazz-rock fusion...” Princeton Packet

Lenz has mastered his instrument and his confidence overflows everywhere... “ All About Jazz

Five & Live
B.D. Lenz
BDL
2010
Personnel: B.D. Lenz (Guitar), Geoff Mattoon (sax), Dan Paul (keys), James Rosocha (bass), Tom Cottone (drums), Josh Orlando (drums)



Hit It and Quit
B.D. Lenz
Apria
2009
Personnel: B.D. Lenz (Guitar), Will Lee (bass), Joel Rosenblatt (drums), Nick Rolfe (keys), Geoff Mattoon (sax)



Straight Up
B.D. Lenz
Apria
2007
Personnel: B.D. Lenz (Gtr), Joe Ashlar (piano/keys), Tom Cottone (drums) James Rosocha (bass), Karl Latham (drums), Dave Edwards (upright bass)


Tomorrow's Too Late
B.D. Lenz
Apria
2005
Personnel: B.D. Lenz (Gtr), Randy Brecker (tpt), Mark Egan (bass) Geoff Mattoon (sax), Bill Mobley (tpt), Tom Cottone (drums), Joe Mekler (perc), Daniel Mintseris (piano/keys), Dave Edwards (upright bass/vocals), James Rosocha (bass), Brendan Buckley (drums), Heather Bennett (piano), Mark Rufino (programming)


Simple Life
B.D. Lenz
Apria
2003
Personnel: B.D. Lenz (Gtr), Geoff Mattoon (sax), Tom Cottone (drums), Joe Mekler (perc), Daniel Mintseris (piano/keys), James Rosocha (bass), Brendan Buckley (drums), Dave Edwards (upright bass/vocals)


Lost and Found
B.D. Lenz
Independent
2000
Personnel: B.D. Lenz (Gtr), Geoff Mattoon (sax), Tom Cottone (drums), Joe Mekler (perc), Daniel Mintseris (piano/keys), James Rosocha (bass), Brendan Buckley (drums), Ron Velosky (upright bass), Greg Federico (drums)


Tell The World
B.D. Lenz
Independent
1997
Personnel: B.D. Lenz (Gtr), Geoff Mattoon (sax), Tom Cottone (drums), Joe Mekler (perc), Daniel Mintseris (piano/keys), James Rosocha (bass), Brendan Buckley (drums), Ron Velosky (upright bass), Greg Federico (drums)

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Primary Instrument:
Guitar

Location:
Hackettstown, NJ

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

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Date Venue Ticket
Apr24 Granvilles Brasserrie
Stone, UK
Apr25 Navigation
Stoke Bruerne, UK
Apr26 The Verdict
Brighton, UK
May02 Maxfields On Main
Boonton, NJ
May14 Mara's Cafe
Fanwood, NJ
May22 Porter's Pub
Easton, PA
Jun06 Deer Head Inn
Delaware Water Gap, PA

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Featured recording “Five & Live”

Five & Live (2010)
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