Born on September 14, 1978, Landrus grew up in Reno, Nevada, and
discovered the saxophone at 12. An excitable kid with a wild streak, he fell in
love with the horn, a passion stoked by his middle school band teacher Frank
Perry, who gave him recordings by Charlie Parker, Stan Getz and Don Menza.
“I just fell in love with it,” Landrus says. “I knew that’s what I’m going to do
with my life. I practiced hours and hours every day, playing along with those
His discipline quickly paid off, and before he reached high school Landrus was
subbing regularly when his saxophone teacher couldn’t make his weekly jazz