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Independent Jazz Saxophonist, Composer and Songwriter from Washington, DC

Musical style: Smooth and Contemporary Jazz, R&B, Gospel Jazz

Performed with: Will Downing, Maysa, Jean Carne, Billy Paul, Angela Bofill, Christopher Williams, Miki Howard, Glenn Jones, Al Jarreau, Vesta, Tony Terry, the late Phyllis Hyman, Pieces of a Dream, Miles Jay, Grover Washington, Jr., Peabo Bryson, George Benson and Spur of the Moment.
Released CDs:
The Journey (first produced CD), 14,000 units
Inspirations Volume 1, 13,000 units
A Saxy Christmas, 5,000 units
Eye of the Storm (latest CD), 15,000 units
Underground, 6,000 units

Upcoming Project:
Inspirations Volume 2

Eye of the Storm has been receiving radio airplay on smooth jazz stations across the country, and my hometown radio station Washington's WHUR.

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Brian Lenair is a talent to be recognized. He has performed with some of the greatest musicians that have ever lived. They include: Will Downing, Maysa, Jean Carne, Billy Paul, Angela Bofill, Christopher Williams, Miki Howard, Glenn Jones, Al Jarreau, Vesta, Tony Terry, the late Phyllis Hyman, Pieces of a Dream, Miles Jay, Grover Washington, Jr., Peabo Bryson, George Benson and Spur of the Moment just to name a few.
Lenair’s love for music began at the age of eight in his hometown of Washington, D.C. Some of his most profound influences came from his dad, who is also a fellow saxophonist, and his first music instructor, Bruce Tyler, who encouraged his passion for music. In addition Brian credits the works of jazz greats Grover Washington, Jr. and Stanley Turrentine for their musical inspiration.

Brian’s first band was called 41/2 Hours. After four years with the group, he joined Spur of the Moment, a popular Washington, DC based band. As the front man for Spur of the Moment, they astounded audiences with their mixture of jazz and R&B sounds for over 15 years. During that time, Spur of the Moment recorded two CDs entitled Spuraddict and Out of the Shadows, which prominently features Brian’s talent as a saxophonist and composer.

Despite the growing success of Spur of the Moment, Brian moved forward to pursue a solo career. In 2004, Brian produced his first CD entitled The Journey. Creating this CD gave Brian the opportunity to showcase his talents as an extraordinary saxophonist, producer, entertainer, and songwriter.

The first single, “Gone Ridin” is a mixture of soft melodies and up-tempo grooves. The title track “The Journey”, Brian’s personal favorite, expresses the experience that he and his family endured during his sister’s victorious battle with cancer. Another track is one of his all time favorites, ‘I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You Are Near)”; originally recorded by Michael McDonald.
In April 2006, Brian recorded Inspirations Volume 1. This jazzy compilation embodies a total music experience. It features traditional gospel songs such as “Near the Cross: and “Amazing Grace” as well as popular gospel songs like “Total Praise”, “Stand” and “Center of My Joy”. Brian’s soulful notes and expression are a force to be reckoned with.
In 2008, Brian recorded his first Christmas CD entitled A Saxy Christmas. This project includes Christmas favorites like “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, “This Christmas: “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Little Town of Bethlehem”.

Brian is stepping center stage with his new CD Eye of the Storm, the latest in his evolution as a supreme saxophonist, which is currently playing on WHUR in Washington DC. Again, this project exhibits Brian's magnificent talent as a writer, composer, and artist. The CD features a blend of funk, smooth jazz originals, along with new school and old school covers like: Sunshine, I Remember, Voyage to Atlantis, and the hot remake of Rock Creek Park.

Brian truly believes that hidden in the notes, harmonies, and compositions, are the answers and the bridges between what we see and what we seek for our lives. He has been taught that music gives us meaning and purpose. It is one of mankind’s sources of love, truth, imagination, reflection and discovery. It articulates hope and freedom.

In the years to come, Brian aspires to unlock the creative genius of our youth and inspire new generations of musicians, songwriters, composers and artists who will one day contribute their God given gifts to the world.