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Brian Landrus (born September 14, 1978) is a jazz saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, and educator.[1]

Brian Landrus
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Background information
Born (1978-09-14) September 14, 1978 (age 40)
Reno, Nevada, U.S.
GenresJazz, jazz fusion
Occupation(s)Musician, composer
InstrumentsSaxophone, clarinet, flute
Years active1994-present
LabelsCadence Jazz, Blueland, CIMP, Palmetto
Associated actsThe Delphian Orchestra, Esperanza Spalding



Landrus was born in Reno, Nevada, where he began playing professionally at the age of 13. He earned a degree in saxophone performance at the University of Nevada, Reno.[2] At the age of 18 he began performing on tenor and baritone saxophone with The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Coasters, The Drifters, and Martha Reeves. In 2003 he moved to Boston in to attend the New England Conservatory.[3]

After graduation in 2007 Landrus recorded his album Forward for Cadence Jazz Records.[4] The Boston Globe reviewer of his 2011 album Capsule wrote that the album, "which includes pianist Michael Cain (mostly on Fender Rhodes), guitar Nir Felder, bassist Matthew Parish, and drummer Rudy Royston, makes an organic fusion that ignores the boundaries that supposedly separate jazz, rock, pop, and R&B".[5] His 2015 album The Deep Below was described by The New York Times as "a sonic register: low and deep, Mr. Landrus's natural range on baritone saxophone, bass saxophone, bass flute and bass clarinet".[6]

Landrus was the joint winner of the Rising Star Baritone Saxophone category in DownBeat magazine's critics poll in 2015.[7] He toured internationally with Esperanza Spalding.[8]


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As leaderEdit

  • Forward (Cadence Jazz 2008)
  • Everlasting (CIMP 2009)
  • Traverse (BlueLand, 2010)
  • Capsule (BlueLand, 2011)[5]
  • Mirage (BlueLand, 2013)[11]
  • The Deep Below(Palmetto/BlueLand, 2015)[6]
  • Generations (BlueLand, 2017)

As sidemanEdit

  • Frank Carlberg Large Ensemble, Monk Dreams, Hallucinations and Nightmares (Red Piano)
  • Ken Schaphorst Large Ensemble, How to Say Goodbye (JCA Records)
  • Daniel Blake, The Digging (Sunnyside)
  • Oded Levi-Ari, Threading
  • Gil Evans Project, Lines of Color (Blue Note/ArtistShare)
  • Gil Evans Centennial Project (ArtistShare)
  • Nicholas Urie, My Garden (Red Piano)
  • NIcholas Urie Large Ensemble (Red Piano)
  • Darryl Harper, Stories in Real Time
  • Rob Mosher's Storytime
  • Ayn Inserto Large Ensemble
  • Omar Thomas Big Band, I Am
  • John Vanore & Abstract Truth, Culture
  • Adam Bartczack Republic, Grass Is Greener

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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-05-26. Retrieved 2013-12-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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  7. ^ "63rd Annual Critics Poll: Rising Stars". DownBeat. Vol. 82 no. 8. August 2015. p. 66.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-25. Retrieved 2013-12-31.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
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