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B.D. Lenz

Mix the sophistication of jazz, the grit of blues, and the grooves of funk and soul, and you have the recipe for contempo-jazz guitarist B.D. Lenz. The New Jersey 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 13 highly-acclaimed recordings as a leader featuring greats such as Mike Stern, 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 "Young Sheldon" (CBS) to name a few. This Godin-endorsed guitarist has performed thousands of shows internationally, is a staff composer for Gramoscope Music, and a columnist for AllAboutJazz.com.

Noteworthy Appearances:

Jazz at Lincoln Center (NYC), Iridium (NYC), Birmingham Jazz Festival (UK), Hull Jazz Festival (UK), Nantwich Jazz Festival (UK), Cape May Jazz Festival (NJ), Porthcawl Jazz Festival (Wales UK), Oswego Harborfest (NY), JazzImprov Live! Convention (NYC), Musikfest (Pa.), Deer Head Inn (Pa.), 55 Bar (NYC), Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Branford Jazz on the Green (Ct.) Seven Arts (Leeds UK) The Verdict (Brighton UK), 27b Flat (Brugges Belgium), Mampf (Frankfurt Germany), Matt & Phreds (Manchester UK), Paxton Centre (London), BBC Radio (Cambridge UK)

Accomplishments:

  • Music has been featured on hundreds of TV shows internationally
  • Band has performed over 1000 gigs internationally
  • Has released 13 recordings as a leader
  • Composer for Gramoscope Music
  • Columnist for AllAboutJazz.com
  • Four time top N. American jazz group on the largest online booking site TheBash.com.
  • Endorsed by Godin Guitars 

Awards

"2008, 2009,  2011, & 2020 Rising Star Award: Best Jazz Band" GigMasters

Gear

Endorsed by Godin Guitars


Tags

"...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

"Bottom Line: Lenz is a real embodiment of a guitar hero...But just like jaguars are born to run, Lenz is born to play...leaving the listener breathless in their musical journey with him. He is a big sound, a big talent...powerfully impressive taken all in all Jazz Inside

"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

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Primary Instrument

Guitar

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Tuck Andress
guitar, electric
Mike Stern
band / ensemble / orchestra
Michael Brecker
saxophone, tenor
Miles Davis
trumpet
Robben Ford
guitar
Lyle Mays
keyboards
Pat Metheny
guitar

Photos

Concerts

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Mar 29 Fri

Music

Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

The Power Station...

Autumn Hill Records
2022

buy

It's Just a Dream

Self Produced
2022

buy

Live in the UK!

Jade Buddha
2022

buy

Sole Searching

Jade Buddha
2020

buy

Manifesto

Self Produced
2016

buy

Five & Live

Self Produced
2013

buy

Our Darker Angels (feat. Mike Stern)

From: It's Just a Dream
By B.D. Lenz

Karmalectro

From: Manifesto
By B.D. Lenz

Friday Night at the Cadillac Club (Live!)

From: Five & Live
By B.D. Lenz

Hit It and Quit

From: Hit It and Quit
By B.D. Lenz

Uh-huh

From: Straight Up
By B.D. Lenz

Juxtaposition

From: Simple Life
By B.D. Lenz

Damage Control

From: Tomorrow's Too Late
By B.D. Lenz

Videos

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