Born: September 14, 1978 Primary Instrument: Sax, baritone
Brian Landrus is a woodwind specialist, composer/arranger, and educator. Brian lives in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Reno NV. Landrus is an in demand soloist with an individual voice on baritone saxophone, bass saxophone, bass clarinet, bass flute, and alto flute. He has performed and/or recorded with many artists including George Garzone, Bob Brookmeyer, Michael Cain, Rakalam Bob Moses, Billy Hart, Lonnie Plaxico, John Lockwood, Jerry Bergonzi, Roscoe Mitchell, Jason Palmer, Darryl Harper, Danilo Perez, Ken Schaphorst Orchestra, Ayn Inserto Orchestra, Omar Thomas, John Carlson, Carmen Staaf, Lefteris Kordis, Matthew Parish, Nir Felder, Rudy Royston, DJ Ecto, Frank Carlberg, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Allan Chase, Francis Vanek, Peter Epstein, David Ake, Allan Ferber, Larry Engstrom, Ed Corey, Grant Levin, Gerry Genaurio, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Coasters, The Drifters, Mike Love, Nicholas Urie, Groundation, Rufus Haereiti, Jammal Tarkington, and many others. Landrus plays soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass saxophones; clarinet, bass clarinet, and contra bass clarinet; piccolo, flute, alto flute and bass flute; oboe, english horn, bassoon and piano. Brian was awarded Baritone Saxophone Rising Star in Downbeat Magazine's 2010 Critics Poll. He is being acknowledged as one if the strongest voices on baritone of his generation. He earned two Master of Music degrees from the New England Conservatory in Boston, (Jazz Composition and Jazz Performance) and was awarded the Gunther Schuller Medal by the faculty of NEC. Brian received his Bachelor's degree in music performance at the University of Nevada Reno. Landrus plays many different genres of music and performs/records regularly with many groups including his own bands with which he has recorded six CDs. His 2007 recording Forward, was released by Cadence Jazz Records in the November of 2009 and received rave reviews. He recorded Everlasting for Cadence Records C.I.M.P. (Creative Improvised Music Projects) with Bob Moses, John Lockwood, and Jason Palmer which will be released in 2011. Brian has recently launched his record label BlueLand Records. He has recorded two CDs on this label which will be released in early 2011. The recording Traverse features Billy Hart, Lonnie Plaxico, and Michael Cain. Brian is faculty at the 92Y School Of Music, Bloomingdale School Of Music, & The Lagond Music School.
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