Brian James Quartet
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Brian James Quartet

Providence, RI | Established. Jan 01, 2012

Providence, RI
Established on Jan, 2012
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"Brian James Quartet bringing Passion for Performance to South County"

As part of the vast musical diversity Rhode Island possesses, the state maintains a strong jazz scene.

With a rhythmic and electrifying take on the style, the Brian James Quartet has a sound that will astound. The group takes bits and pieces of various influences to create extraordinary music that separates the group from its contemporaries.

The quartet has played all over Lil’ Rhody, with gigs ranging from the legendary Chan’s in Woonsocket to Jimmy’s Saloon during Jazz Fest weekend in Newport. South County will get the chance to experience this talented act with the quartet’s upcoming shows at Whalers Brewing Company in Wakefield on June 15 and at Sons of Liberty Beer & Spirits in Peace Dale on June 14, July 7 and Aug. 4.

I talked with saxophonist and bandleader Brian Brouillard about what sparked his love for jazz, being a music teacher, making the group’s debut album “Lower Nine” and performing new songs... - The Independent, Rob Duguay


"La Salle is Common Ground for RI Fusion Band"

Brian James Quartet, which includes two teachers and a former student, releases its first album, inspired by service trips to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

It started in a whirlwind, as guitar player Seth Hajian cobbled together musicians to create the band he’d already committed to playing at a friend’s 50th high school reunion party.

It was 2011, and Hajian, a chemistry teacher at Providence’s La Salle Academy, connected with Brian Brouillard, another La Salle teacher who plays saxophone, his brother-in-law Mike Jacobs on drums, and a fourth musician for the event. The men continued to rehearse covers of jazz and blues classics, gigging at a few East Greenwich restaurants into 2012... - Susan McDonald, Providence Journal


"Their unique sound has something for everyone"

"I dare you not to dance along when the Brian James Quartet is playing. Their unique sound has something for everyone and the mix of styles will pleasantly keep you guessing." - Christina Myers, Evening Anchor, ABC6


"Nothing short of INCREDIBLE!"

"Thank you Brian James Quartet for being a part of our Make Music Day event! Your performance was nothing short of INCREDIBLE!" - Scott Abrahamson, XO Professional Brass Artist & Educator


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Still working on that hot first release.

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The Brian James Quartet is a fusion jazz band from the Providence, RI area. They have played primarily throughout the Rhode Island area and are ready to bring their rock-infused jazz to a broader area. Their high energy music incorporates elements of jazz, rock, funk, R&B, and fusion; the energy of the music is infectious and will reach all audiences. The group plays a combination of original compositions and covers by Billy Cobham, Stanton Moore, even Hendrix and Zeppelin.

BJQ just finished recording their demo material and is planning to go into the studio to begin work on their first full-length studio album. Brian spent a lot of time in New Orleans over the last few years which inspired him to write most of the material for the upcoming album.

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