B.D. Lenz

B.D. Lenz

 Hackettstown, New Jersey, USA

Apria recording artist B.D. Lenz leads a band that is very melodic, highly energetic, and supremely groovin.' The guitarist cooks up a unique batch of Jazz, funk, and rock which blends virtuoso musicianship with expert songwriting.


The New York Times says "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..."

Apria recording artist B.D. Lenz has released six CD’s of his original contemporary jazz which feature such greats as Randy Brecker, Will Lee, Mark Egan, and Joel Rosenblatt among others. B.D.’s music has also been licensed to over 100 television shows internationally on such networks as MTV, VH1, USA, A&E, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Travel Channel, Food Network, Spike TV, etc., and his high-energy ensemble can be seen performing throughout the U.S. and U.K.

Having played guitar since the age of 14, B.D. has since studied with such jazz guitar 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 artists such as Richie Cannata, Christine Martucci, tU pHace, Mark Ledford, Ada Rovatti, Greg Federico, Jeff Callahan, MAOR, Blue Number Nine, John Virag, Kathy Phillips, and Ron Velosky among many others


Hit It and Quit (2009)
Straight Up (2007)
Tomorrow's Too Late (2005)
Simple Life (2003)
Lost and Found (2000)
Tell The World (1997)

Set List

We play a mix of original contemporary jazz, jazz standards and jazz/rock/funk cover songs. Here is a select list of some of the songs we play:

All Blues - Miles Davis
All the Things You Are - Hammerstein/Kern
Alone Together - standard
Autumn Leaves - standard
Blue Bossa - Kenny Durham
Body and Soul - standard
Change The World - E. Clapton
Don't Know Why - Norah Jones
F Blues - standard
The Girl From Ipanema - A.C. Jobim
How Insensitive - A.C. Jobim
Imagine - John Lennon
I Shot the Sheriff - Bob Marley
In a Sentimental Mood - Duke Ellington
Juxtaposition - B.D. Lenz
Lazy Bones - B.D. Lenz
Like Someone in Love - Jimmy VanHeusen
Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix
Lucky Southern - Keith Jarrett
Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - Joe Zawinal
My One and Only Love - standard
New York State of Mind - Billy Joel
Oleo - Sonny Rollins
People Get Ready - Curtis Mayfield
Someday My Prince Will Come - standard
Stella By Starlight - Victor Young
Straight No Chaser - T. Monk
St. Thomas -