"Music is not just my vocation, it is my passion and it is my calling. No matter how intimate or large the settings, I always play with the same energy," says jazz saxophonist extraordinaire, Brian Lenair. Having performed with the likes of Will Downing, Maysa, Jean Carne, Billy Paul, Angela Bolfill, 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, and George Benson, Spur of the Moment and others. Brian has established himself to be a talent to be recognized.
Lenair's love for music began at the age of eight in his home in the Washington DC area where he grew up. His most profound influence came from his dad, who also plays the saxophone. His first music instructor in junior high school, Bruce Tyler, also encouraged his love for music. Brian credits the works of jazz greats Grover Washington, Jr. and Stanley Turrentine for inspiring him to play as well.
Although Brian began his studies at the University of Maryland as an architect/interior designer, his love for music could not be contained. It wasn't long before Brian formed his first band called 41/2 Hours. He remained with the group for four years as they established a name in the DC area.
Brian eventually left and in 1990 joined a new group called Spur of the Moment. As the front man for the Washington DC based band, 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 greatly features Brian's talent as a saxophonist and composer.
Despite the success of the group, Brian felt the need to move forward to pursue a solo career. In 2004, Brian cut his first CD entitled The Journey. Creating this CD gave Brian the opportunity to express his God given gift as well as showcase his talent as an incredible saxophonist, producer and songwriter. "I was fortunate enough to have a great deal of creative input on my first solo album," say Lenair. "I wrote 9 tracks which allowed me to put my inner thoughts and feelings to music".
The first single, "Gone Ridin'" is a mixture of soft melodies and up-tempo grooves. "I am an avid bicyclist and this song came to me while I was riding one day. Cycling helps to clear my mind and get my creative juices flowing and that's what I wanted to bring across in this song." The title track "The Journey", Brian's personal favorite, expresses the experience he and his family had during his sister's victorious battle over cancer. He also recorded another one of his all time favorites "I Keep Forgettin' (Every Time You Are Near)" originally recorded by Michael McDonald.
For the past 25 years Brian has built a reputation and following in the Washington DC vicinity and across the country. He has a total of five independently produced CDs to his credit It was back in 2006 that his solo project 'Inspirations Volume 1' hit the streets to show off a decidedly spiritual side of his musical persona and although a seasonal offering, 'A Saxy Christmas', followed in 2008 with a holiday flavor that is simply Brian! Brian stepped center stage and took the jazz world storm, literally with 'Eye Of The Storm' that unlocked his undoubted flair for R & B tinged contemporary jazz. “Eye of the Storm” charted to number 14 on Billboard, which is unheard of for an independently produced project. With the success of Inspirations Volume 1 and the many fans who constantly want more, Brian has been in the studio working on “Inspirations Volume 2: “Oh What a Blessing” to be released in late 2013/early 2014. This CD will again focus on the supreme talent, his spiritual gift and what he can do when he places that saxophone in his hand! Brian is a nationally endorsed saxophonist with Sax Dakota.
We truly appreciate the wonderful comments and support! Thank you, --Brian Lenair
In the huge crowd of saxophonists where the vast majority have the basic technical skills to play the instrument in a correct but boring way, very few stand above and show some real personality. Be assured, Brian Lenair is way above the over-mimicked smooth jazz saxophonists, when he mixes hearty, really groovy funks with deep, precise and warm slow tunes with verve. Enjoy! - Flavio Constantino, Fort Lauderdale, Fl
Brian Lenair is awesome. He plays the alto sax and soprano sax (and yes, he has played them at the same time) with his awesome band and the result is the perfect backdrop to a great dinner or evening out. I have brought all of his CD's so I get to enjoy him in my home. I was presently surprised as I heard him a year ago and I have not lost my praise of his music. His shows are entertaining and he engages with his audience. BRIAN LENAIR will give you an outstanding performance.
A testimony to his talent came out of the mouth of a 3 year old in the back of my friends car who stated, "Mommy I like that." Enjoy yourself for this hot treat. - Bubble Hill
This is a very, very good smooth jazz CD. I stumbled on Brian when I was surfing the net for new music. This guy is very smooth but also can throw down. Nice band. The entire CD is nice. But here are a few songs to get you going: Tropical Breeze, Voyage to Atlantis, Just like music. Eye of the Storm, Sunshine, Choices, Higher Calling, and Rock Creek Park (Remix). Just buy the whole CD. you won't regret it! - Blessed "Lookakali
Best Jazz Cd I've heard in a while.. Also saw him live at National Harbor in Maryland on 26 Oct. 2013 man he put on a show in the cold. Excellent CD would recommend to anyone who likes Jazz. - Willliam C. Mickens, Sr.
The best young saxophonist around. Brian has the feel of a modern Grover Washington, Jr. - Dave Dickinson/WHUR, Wash., DC
As an active recording artist my demands for great Musicians/Musicianship are high, my first call for sax is always Brian his intensity, sensitivity, phrasing and passion for the music shines thru with each note he plays, if you are a true music lover this CD is a must have in your collection, you won’t be disappointed. - Will D.
"I am pleased to extend and share my experience with working with a professional jazz musician – Brian Lenair.” I was in pilates class and I heard beautiful inspirational jazz so I asked the instructor the name of the artist and she replied ‘Brian Lenair’. I immediately called my manager to go on line and purchase every CD ever made by Brian Lenair. We play his music at both of our salon locations and our clients and staff love his music. I hired Brian for an event and he was prompt, courteous and the audience loved his passion as an artist and his excellent performance. Simply outstanding!– Diane C. Stevens, CEO, Cole Stevens Salon & Day Spa, Washington, DC and Greenbelt, MD
Brian’s music is like a breath of fresh air. He is a new artist that demonstrates great musical qualities. - Kim Waters