B.D. Lenz

Why book B.D. Lenz?

B.D. Lenz is a guitarist extraordinaire. His band plays everything from lush jazz standards to high-energy jazz rock flavored with the infectious grooves of Latin and Funk. His versatile ensemble can do it all from raging parties to quiet cocktail. He is signed to NY jazz label Apria Records, has released seven nationally acclaimed recordings, and has performed internationally for TV, radio, festivals, clubs, corporate/private, bookstores, cafes, etc. By adding a vocalist(s), this group can also become a versatile party band playing classic tunes from all eras - 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's to current. B.D. can also perform solo classical or jazz guitar. ** Press kit available upon request **

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Professional in every sense of the word!

I hired B.D. & band for a corporate party in Philadelphia. He responded very quickly to every email I sent and was VERY accomodating to each request i asked of him. On top of that, his band was exremely talented - i heard compliments all night from party guests. I STRONGLY recommend you book this band.

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Reviewer: Maria L.
Organization: DuPont
Event: Corporate Event in Philadelphia, PA
Event Date: Jun 4, 2012
Hired As: Jazz Band, Jazz Guitarist

Review by Hana O.

B.D. Lenz Band was THE best band I have encountered so far. B.D was informative, prompt, responsive from the initial email,and even though I didn't really give them clear direction, they knew exactly what type of environment to creat for my wedding reception. Everyone complimented on the music and our reception was trually exceptional b/c of their music.
Hands down B.D Lenz is the band to go!

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Reviewer: Hana O.
Event: Wedding Reception in Tenafly, NJ
Event Date: Nov 27, 2010
Hired As: Jazz Band

Review by Angela R.

I had the good fortune to have Mr. Lenz and his group to play at my wedding reception recently. From the beginning, Mr. Lenz was cordial and professional. He responded to all of my correspondence promptly, was open to my ideas for musical styles, and made us feel that he was very experienced in performing in numerous venues.

Artistically, the group is first-rate. Their level of playing is inpressive, and they were able to adapt to the mood of the guests with regard to song selections. Their improvisational ability was wonderful. As a musician, I was able to appreciate their skill and expertise. I would highly recommend the BD Lenz Jazz Group without hesitation.
Angela Robinson

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Reviewer: Angela R.
Event: Wedding Reception in Summit, NJ
Event Date: May 8, 2010
Hired As: Jazz Band

Review by Kevin J.

BD and his band mates were excellent musicians, very courteous and professional. I highly recommend them.

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Reviewer: Kevin J.
Event: Private Party in Washington, DC
Event Date: May 11, 2010
Hired As: Jazz Band, Blues Band

Review by Aaron K.

I found B.D. Lenz here on GigSalad and hired his band for a yearly corporate conference. They are excellent musicians and played music that was most appropriate for the evening. Would hire them anytime!

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Reviewer: Aaron K.
Event: Corporate Event in Atlantic City, NJ
Event Date: Sep 13, 2009
Hired As: Jazz Band, Funk Band, Guitarist, Jazz Guitarist

Review by Roger P.

These guys were wonderful - great musicians!!!

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Reviewer: Roger P.
Event: Club/Nightclub in Princeton, NJ
Event Date: Jan 22, 2010
Hired As: Jazz Band, Funk Band, Guitarist, Jazz Guitarist

Review by Roseanne

I hired Mr. Lenz and his quartet for a corporate coctail reception. Their music was wonderful. I heard many compliments throughout the night and will definitely hire them again in the future.

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Reviewer: Roseanne
Organization: Verizon
Event: Corporate Event in New York City, NY
Event Date: Dec 12, 2009
Hired As: Jazz Band, Guitarist

Review by Katherine

I hired B.D. Lenz and his band to play for my wedding recently. I cannot express how happy I was with their performance and professionalism. From the beginning, B.D. was responsive to all of my questions, concerns, and requests (and as a nervous bride I had alot!).

The played our coctail hour and dinner with some light jazz - very classy. Later in the night their singer joined in and they tore they roof off the place. They had people dancing all night. It was SO much fun!

Thank you B.D. & band. I highly recommend these guys to EVERYONE!

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Reviewer: Katherine
Event: Wedding Reception in Williamsport, PA
Event Date: Feb 6, 2010
Hired As: Jazz Band, Cover Band, Funk Band, Guitarist, Jazz Guitarist, Motown Group, Party Band, R&B Group, Soul Band

Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 60 - 300 minutes
  • Fee: $400-4000

Additional Booking Notes

we are completely self contained and come with our own P.A. system

B.D. Lenz

"...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..." – New York Times

B.D. Lenz is a jazz guitarist extraordinaire. His versatile band can do it all from quiet coctail to raging parties. They have played over 1000 gigs internationally including Clubs, Corporate, Wedding, Festivals, etc.

Services include:

*Solo guitar/piano
*Jazz combos (duo-septet)
*Latin jazz
*Contemporary/funk Jazz
*Motown & funk (w/male and female vocals)

Call: 980.684.1157
or visit: www.bdlenz.com
www.myspace.com/bdlenz

The team providing the talent:

B.D. Lenz

guitar/leader

Geoff Matoon

sax

James Rosocha

bass

Justin Wade

vocals

Dan Paul

keys

Lelica Palecco

vocals

Abe Fogle

Drums

Testimonials

A solid guitarist and composer

– Zan Steward

"["Straight Up"]...is so there, so ideal, so darn near perfect that it makes a listener want to head straight up there in a pilgrimage to quality

– Bob Gish

Lenz has mastered his instrument and his confidence overflows everywhere...

– All About Jazz

With a heart for jazz and the ability to diversify his musicianship Lenz may
someday be an icon...

– Robert Price

Today, Lenz brings together his
interests in funk, soul, R&B, rock and jazz together in his music, which is clearly indebted to the influences of
(Mike) Stern and (Pat) Metheny

– Robert Hicks

[Lenz is of the] ...20 New Jersey musicians - 40 and under-who should be a big part of the state's jazz future

– George Kanzler

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...

– Robbie Woliver

Set List

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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 - Sonny Rollins
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
Tears in Heavan - Eric Clapton
True Colors - Cyndi Lauper
Triste - A.C. Jobim
Wave - A.C. Jobim
Windows - Chick Corea
Wind Cries Mary - Jimi Hendrix
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*** VOCAL BAND *** - (selected list)
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Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
Ain't No Stoppin Us Now - Disco
Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
Boogie on Reggae Woman - Stevie Wonder
Brick House - Commodores
Cruisin' - Smokey Robinson
Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
Georgia on My Mind - Hoagy Carmichael
Heard it Through the Grapevine - Motown
Higher Ground - Stevie Wonder
How Sweet It Is - James Taylor
In My Life - Beatles
I Wish - Stevie Wonder
Jump Jive and Wail - Louis Prima
Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
Let's Stay Together - Al Green
My Way - Sinatra
No Woman No Cry - Bob Marley
Old Time Rock and Roll - Bob Seger
Play That Funky Music - White Cherry
Pride and Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughn
September - Earth, Wind, & Fire
Sex Machine - James Brown
Signed, Sealed, Delivered - Stevie Wonder
Superstitious - Stevie Wonder
The Way You Look Tonight - ala Frank Sinatra
Use Me - Bill Withers
Whats Goin' On? - Marvin Gaye
What a Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong
You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder

Influences & Inspiration

too many to list! Our influences range from Jazz to rock to funk to Motown to Reggae to everything else!!

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