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Brian Landrus

Brian Landrus is a low woodwind specialist, composer/arranger, and educator. Brian is based in Brooklyn, NY and grew up in Reno NV. Landrus is an in demand soloist with an individual voice on baritone saxophone, bass saxophone, bass clarinet, contra alto clarinet, and bass flute. Time Out NY has said he's a "Low-reed expert", and All About Jazz has called him “A poet who has a mastery of tone, something he explores with gravity and a very gentle swing. Landrus is a voice to watch out for as he charts a creative course in music.” Brian has been awarded Baritone Saxophone "Rising Star" in Downbeat Magazine's 2011 & 2010 Critics Poll. He is being acknowledged as one of the strongest voices on baritone saxophone & bass clarinet of his generation. Landrus plays soprano, alto, tenor, baritone and bass saxophones; Bb clarinet, bass clarinet, and contra alto clarinet; piccolo, C flute alto flute, and bass flute; oboe, english horn, bassoon and piano. In 2007 he earned two Master of Music degrees at the New England Conservatory (NEC), in Jazz Composition and Jazz Performance. He was awarded the prestigious Gunther Schuller Medal by the faculty of NEC. Brian received his Bachelor's degree in music performance at the University of Nevada Reno. Landrus plays an array of genres and performs/records regularly around the world with many groups including his own bands with which he has recorded six CDs. Brian has recently launched his record label BlueLand Records, and has released two CDs in 2011. The recording "Traverse" features Billy Hart, Lonnie Plaxico, and Michael Cain. "Capsule" by the Landrus Kaleidoscope features Michael Cain, Nir Felder, Matthew Parish, & Rudy Royston. "Forward" was released by Cadence Records in 2009 to rave reviews. He has performed and/or recorded with many artists including George Garzone, Bob Brookmeyer, Michael Cain, Rakalam Bob Moses, Billy Hart, Lonnie Plaxico, John Lockwood, Frank Kimbrough, Donny McCaslin, Steve Wilson, Jay Anderson, Lewis Nash, Scott Robinson, Ryan Truesdell, Dave Pietro, Mike Rabinowitz, Herb Robertson, Greg Gisbert, Jerry Bergonzi, Steve Swell, Roscoe Mitchell, Jason Palmer, Darryl Harper, Danilo Perez, Ken Schaphorst Orchestra, Ayn Inserto Orchestra, Omar Thomas, John Carlson, Carmen Staaf, Lefteris Kordis, Warren Smith, Matthew Parish, Nir Felder, Rudy Royston, DJ Ecto, Frank Carlberg, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Allan Chase, Francis Vanek, Peter Epstein, David Ake, Allan Ferber, Larry Engstrom, Tony Savage, Ed Corey, Grant Levin, Gerry Genaurio, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Martha Reeves, The Coasters, The Drifters, Mike Love, Nicholas Urie, Groundation, Rufus Haereiti, and many others. Brian is faculty at the 92Y School Of Music in NYC, The Lagond Music School in NY. He is endorsed by Selmer Paris Saxophones & Clarinets, Rico Reeds, Fred Lebayle Mouthpieces, and AMT Microphones.
Super Balanced Action Baritone Saxophone
Mark VI Low A Baritone Saxophone
Series III Bass Saxophone
Series 9 Bass Clarinet
Series 9 Contra Alto Clarinet
The Landrus Kaleidoscope
Capsule