Mix together the styles of Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, and Stevie Ray Vaughn and you have the recipe for one of the hottest new contempo-jazz guitarists on the scene today. B.D. Lenz has played guitar since his early teens and has studied with such masters as Mike Stern, Vic Juris, and Charlie Banacos along the way. He has released 8 highly-acclaimed recordings as a leader featuring greats such as Randy Brecker, Will Lee, Joel Rosenblatt, & Mark Egan. With music featured in hundreds of TV shows globally, the Godin-endorsed guitarist has performed 1,000 shows internationally, keeping the audience on their feet whether playing jazz, fusion, or jam.

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Iridium - NYC Borgata Hotel - Atlantic City NJ outdoor festival - Red Bank NJ Jazz festival - Wales UK recording 'Straight Up'

Audio (right click then "save target as" to download)
1. Hit It and Quit  (5:46)
2. Uh-huh  (5:19)
3. Honus  (4:21)
4. Juxtaposition  (7:01)
5. Superstition (LIVE!)  (8:55)

All songs composed and arranged by B.D. Lenz, ©2012 BDLENZ MUSIC (BMI) except "Superstition"

Complete Downloadable Press Kit (PDF) - click here
One Sheet (PDF) - click here
Select List of Venues (PDF) - click here 
Licensed Song List (PDF) - click here

B.D. Lenz Branford Jazz Fest - Branford Ct. outdoor festival - Red Bank NJ Musikfest - Bethlehem Pa

"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 Magazine  read article

"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  read article

"...Lenz's music portrays his deep attachment to groove and rhythm as well as an uncanny ability to craft interesting and memorable melodies..."  read article

"...he has released six CDs, he has logged untold hours onstage and his music has been licensed for use in more than 100 TV shows. Even so, Lenz says his latest release, Hit It and Quit It, represents a big step for him..."  read article

Cover story about B.D. Lenz and Apria Records by JazzImprov NY - read article (PDF)

"...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  read article

"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  read article

“…[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  read article (PDF)

...a solid guitarist and composer...["Straight Up"] features a distinctive contemporary style...Newark Star-Ledger  read article

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

JazzImprov Sun Gazette B.D.  Sun Gazette New York Times NJ Herald Newark Star Ledger Daily Record

* Music has been featured on hundreds of TV shows internationally  see list (PDF)
* Band has performed over 1000 gigs internationally  see list (PDF)
* Signed to Apria Records and has released 7 recordings as a leader with such guests as Will Lee, Randy Brecker, Mark Egan, & Joel Rosenblatt
* Named top N. American jazz group of 2008, 2009, & 2011 by the largest online booking site Read the press release  here
* Endorsed by Godin Guitars
* 2007 release "Straight Up" was the most added record to jazz radio for the week of 9.12.07 and was played on over 90 stations in N. America.
* 2009 release "Hit It and Quit" reached the national jazz radio charts and was played on over 95 stations in N. America.
* 2011 release "Five & Live" reached #11 on the national jam radio charts and was played on over 100 stations in N. America.

Tech Riders and Stage Plot/Input List (in PDF)
Trio (gtr/bass/drums):  Tech Rider - click here     Stage Plot/Input List - click here
Quartet (gtr/sax/bass/drums):  Tech Rider - click here     Stage Plot/Input List - click here
Quintet (gtr/sax/keys/bass/drums):  Tech Rider - click here     Stage Plot/Input List - click here


Booking - B.D. Lenz | (908.684.1157) |
Publicity - Dawn DeBlaze -DeBlaze & Associates | (314.766.JAZZ) |
Radio - David Avery -Powderfinger | (800.356.1155) |
Legal Representation - Ronald Bienstock - Bienstock & Michael P.C. |(201.525.0300)|