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Brian Landrus

After 11 albums as a leader, multi-instrumentalist and composer Dr. Brian Landrus has become an internationally recognized low woodwind artist. Landrus specializes on the low woodwind family, specifically: baritone saxophone, bass saxophone, bass clarinet, contra alto clarinet, alto flute, and bass flute. As a composer, Landrus has written for solo instrument to symphony orchestra.

Landrus consistently places in the critics polls of the year in Downbeat Magazine and JazzTimes International Critics Polls. Landrus was awarded “Rising Star” in the 2021 for bass clarinet, and 2015 for baritone saxophone. Landrus’ 2020 release For Now, was chosen as Editor’s Pick in both Downbeat and JazzTimes. Landrus’ 25-piece orchestral album Generations, was named one of the best recordings of the year by NPR, Downbeat Magazine, JazzTimes, All About Jazz, Jazziz, Boston Globe and many other international publications. The New York Times wrote: “With Generations, Mr. Landrus takes the jazz big band tradition into the mesosphere.”

Landrus’ 2020 release, For Now, was released on BlueLand Records on May 15, 2020. For Now features: Brian Landrus-bari sax, bass clarinet, alto and c flutes, Fred Hersch-piano, Drew Gress-bass, Billy Hart-drums, Mike Rodriguez-trumpet, Sara Caswell-violin, Joyce Hammann-violin, Lois Martin-viola, and Jody Redhage-Ferber-cello. For Now was produced by Dr. Bob Aldridge, and Herschel Garfein. It was recorded and mixed in NYC by Chris Allen and John Kilgore. For Now has already received over forty glowing reviews from international publications.

Based in Brooklyn, Landrus founded his label, BlueLand Records, in 2010. His first releases of all original music via BlueLand were Traverse (a quartet date with Lonnie Plaxico, Billy Hart and pianist Michael Cain) and Capsule (by the Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope, with Cain, guitarist Nir Felder, bassist Matthew Parish, drummer Rudy Royston). In 2013, Landrus released a second Kaleidoscope album, Mirage, featuring himself on baritone sax, bass sax, bass clarinet, contra alto clarinet and bass flute alongside Felder, Royston, Plaxico on acoustic and electric bass, Frank Carlberg on Rhodes/piano and a string quartet led by violinist Mark Feldman. The New York Times praised Landrus and Mirage at length, pointing out that “the tenderness in his playing feels as warm and accessible as his writing.” Landrus’ 2015 release, The Deep Below, features Landrus on baritone and bass saxophones, bass clarinet, and bass flute, with Lonnie Plaxico on bass, and Billy Hart on drums. The Deep Below has been called “A star vehicle” by The New York Times.

Landrus has performed with some of the world’s great musicians including: Fred Hersch, Robert Livingston Aldridge, Herschel Garfein, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Nicholas Payton, Esperanza Spalding, Feist, Ken Schaphorst Orchestra, Rakalam Bob Moses, Gil Evans Orchestra, George Garzone, The Temptations, The Drifters, Michael Cain, The Four Tops, Darcy James Argue, West Side Story-NYC Broadway, Guy & Dolls-NYC Broadway, Rufus Reid, The Coasters, Frank Carlberg, Ayn Inserto, Matt Wilson, The Beach Boys, Anat Cohen, David Ake, Jerry Bergonzi, Lonnie Plaxico, Billy Hart, Ralph Alessi, Jay Anderson, Uri Caine, Brad Shepik, Donny McCaslin, Harvie S, Scott Robinson, Bob Brookmeyer, Steve Wilson, Drew Gress, Peter Epstein, Roni Ben Hur, Victor Lewis, Jamie Baum, Justin Brown, Igmar Thomas, Ben Williams, Marc Cary, Mark Feldman, Joyce Hammann, Jody Redhage-Ferber, Sara Caswell, Frank Kimborough, Brian Lynch, Michael Rodriguez, Roscoe Mitchell, Robert Dick, Groundation, Conrad Herwig, Ravi Coltrane, Danilo Perez, Ben Monder, Matthew Parish, Nir Felder, Brandee Younger, Joe Locke, Darryl Harper, Alan Ferber, Mark Ferber, Lewis Nash, Greg Gisberg, Mark Whitfield, Martha Reeves, Chubby Checker, Bob Berg, Leo Genovese, Frank London, Gatemouth Brown, Jason Palmer, and many more.

Landrus is an Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at CSUS (California State University Sacramento) where he teaches jazz improvisation, composition, jazz arranging, jazz ensembles, and private studio. Landrus earned his PhD in composition at Rutgers University, two Master of Music degrees in jazz composition and jazz performance at the New England Conservatory, and a Bachelor’s degree at University of Nevada Reno. Landrus is an endorsed artist for Selmer Paris saxophones and clarinets, D’Addario reeds, JodyJazz mouthpieces, Silverstein ligatures, Kingma flutes, Arista Flutes, Marmaduke Straps, and Woodwind Design Stands.

“His bari flutters with utmost grace, his bass clarinet sobs for humanity and his alto flute floats cloud-like through moody skies. With For Now, Landrus has created a work of astonishing beauty.” - Downbeat Magazine

“A commanding voice on both baritone saxophone and bass clarinet” - WBGO, Nate Chinen

“A baritone saxophonist of convincing authority” - New York Times

“With baritone saxophone in hand, Landrus surfs swinging currents through “The Signs,” waltzes in step and style across “The Miss,” and engages in a spellbinding after-hours duologue with Hersch on Thelonious Monk’s “Ruby, My Dear.” Wielding an alto flute on “The Night of Change,” he adopts an attractive glow-and-flow aesthetic.” - JazzTimes Magazine

“A composer of great strength and substance,” - All About Jazz

 

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