Saxophonist and Composer, Brian Girley, was born on April 2 1983 in Orlando Florida. While no one in his family played an instrument both his mother and father would sing in church and at weddings giving him his first musical exposure. Brian received both his Bachelors and Masters degree from the University of North Texas (UNT) where he studied saxophone under the direction of Jim Riggs and Eric Nestler. While at UNT he had a chance to study under Lynn Seaton, Fred Hamilton and Stefan Karlsson.
While going to school at UNT he began his career as a performer working back in forth between Orlando and the DFW metroplex. Brian has played or shared the stage with performers and legends like B.B King, Galdys Knight, Sam Rivers, John Fedchock, Lynn Seaton, Tommy Campbell, Ambrose Akinmusire,Taylor Eigsti, Quamon Fowler, Adonis Rose, Jason Marsalis.
Brian has performed at all over the world. He has toured in Tokyo, Shanghai, Hongkong, Toronto, Dallas, Orlando, Miami and in festivals such as the Deep Ellum Jazz Festival, Disney Magic Music Days, North Texas Jazz Festival, Denton Jazz and Arts and the Sanger Wine and Music festival.
As an educator Brian has worked as a clinician at high schools in Florida. At the college level Brian has assisted in the teaching of classes and was named the director of the 9 O'clock Lab band. Brian recently moved to New York where has already become an active and sought out musician. He is currently working on his debut CD that he plans to release in the fall of 2011. Check out more of Brian Girley on his myspace page.
James Riggs-Brian Girley is a very talented jazz alto
saxophonist whose improvisations are reflective of Charlie
Parker and Cannonball Adderley. Brian is also a very talented
big band arranger/composer and big band leader. He
possesses outstanding big band conducting and rehearsal
George Garzone - This guy can really play some serious
Lynn Seaton- Brian Girley is a talented young player with a
strong sense of jazz history and the potential to make a
significant impact in the jazz world.
Sam Rivers-Brian Girley is a fine young saxophonist and he
is on my list!
Willing to teach