Hailed as one of the top 20 "up and coming" jazz musicians of New Jersey by the Newark Star-Ledger and recently featured in the New York Times, noted guitarist B.D. Lenz leads an original band which has best been described as "a spirited mixture of sounds in the contemporary vein, ranging from the sprightly to the hard-wailing " (Curt Yeske - The Trenton Times).
He has released two independent CDs of his original contemporary jazz; Tell the World, (1997), and Lost and Found (2000) and two recordings on New York jazz label Apria Records; Simple Life (2003), and Tomorrows Too Late (2005) which features Grammy-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker and legendary bassist Mark Egan. B.D.s music has also been licensced for television shows on MTV, VH1, USA Network, Nickelodeon, Food Network, Cooking Channel, Spike TV, Soap Network, etc.
This high-energy ensemble has rigorously performed throughout the U.S. for TV, radio, festivals, clubs, cafes, bookstores, etc. Noteworthy appearances include: PBS Radio/TV (National), Panasonic Village Jazz Festivals (NYC), EATM Showcase (Las Vegas), Black Dog Jazz Festival (VA), Central PA Festival of the Arts (PA), House of J&B (IN), NJPAC Absolut Sounds of Summer (NJ), Westfield Jazz Festivals (NJ), News12 (TV), Black Potatoe Festival (NJ), Trumpets, Morristown Community Theater, Conduit, Wetlands, Stanhope House, 55 Bar, Katmandu, and Crossroads.
About B.D. Lenz - Having played guitar since the age of 14, B.D. has studied with such jazz luminaries as Mike Stern and Vic Juris as well as pianist Charlie Banacos. A graduate of Musician's Institute in Hollywood, California he furthered his studies at the College of New Jersey where he graduated with honors. He has played in bands ranging from pit orchestras to rock bands, big bands to jazz combos and even an Elvis impersonator! Besides his own project B.D. has recorded and performed with such artists as Randy Brecker, Mark Egan, Richie Cannata, Greg Federico, Jeff Callahan, Kathy Phillips, John Virag, MAOR, and Ron Velosky among many others.