For nearly 30 years, national recording artist, Brian Lenair has built a reputation for jazz enthusiasts both domestically and internationally. Brian started his solo career in 2004, after being the serenading saxophonist and front man for Washington-based group, Spur of the Moment. While with Spur, he astounded audiences with a unique style and mixture of jazz and R&B for over 15 years. During that time, the group recorded two well-received CD projects, with Brian prominently featuring his talents as a musician, producer and composer.
Brian has independently produced five CD projects. He released his long-awaited sixth project January 2018, entitled “Underground, Volume 3: The Cover Story”. The project features a collection of some of the greatest chart topping cover songs. The audacity of sound that Brian uses to convey Childish Gambino’s “Redbone” will amaze listeners. This project also features a lovely melody that he wrote and composed after the birth of his only daughter, entitled, “A Father’s Love”. He also covers one of the hottest artist in 2017, Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like” and his rendition will be just what you like. Then he has incorporated some DC hometown flavor as he pays homage with a co-written and co-produced track entitled, “Funky Dougout”. Brian has not missed a beat since his last project in 2010, when he stepped center-stage with “Eye of the Storm”. That project charted number 14 on Billboard, which was relatively unheard of for an independently produced project.
Brian has an undoubted flair for contemporary jazz, gospel, R & B, blues and funk. You will totally appreciate the groove and celebrate musicianship when you hear him on this new project. He has played with some of the greatest recording artists and musicians of our time. Brian is a nationally endorsed saxophonist with Sax Dakota.
We’re called the “Sweet Potatoes” and we’re a group of music teachers that have been yamm’in in the Richmond music scene since 2017. Since then we’ve performed annually at the African American History Museum in D.C., on Richmond’s local Radio Station WRIR, and at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA). So If you enjoy jazz and and a good time come on out and yam with us!
JASON JENKINS QUARTET
The Jason Jenkins Group now in its third decade of dedication to the great American art of Jazz, continues to perform, create and educate to all listeners. The group performs regularly at jazz festivals, concert halls, educational settings and has current residencies at some of Virginia’s best listening spots. Led by renowned bassist Jason Jenkins, the group takes on the personality of many of Jason’s jazz heroes such as Art Blakey, John Coltrane and Miles Davis. Jason is a graduate of Hampton University with a BA in Jazz Studies. Jason has performed alongside recording artists such as Frank Foster, Delfeayo Marsalis, Frankie Avalon and the Four Aces. The Quartet has five albums with number six slated for airplay in 2019.
VCU JAZZ QUARTET
The VCU Jazz community fosters the spirit of creative exploration. Our faculty and students have numerous opportunities for creative expression in the department’s jazz orchestras and small jazz ensembles. Jazz Studies ensembles and orchestras have received recognition and top honors for their performances and recordings. Ranging from small jazz combos to big band, the jazz ensembles incorporate a variety of styles and works.