B.J. Jansen, born in Cincinnati, has established himself as a charismatic and dynamic performer, composer, bandleader and educator on and off the stage.
His musical journey took him from the Midwest to the East Coast when he relocated to Philadelphia in 2004. It was in Philadelphia that he found the, “heart beat”, of Jazz. He spent three years learning on the streets of Philadelphia before relocating yet again to New York City in 2007.
In New York City, B.J. has had the opportunity to learn from and perform with some of the greatest living musicians today. He continues to forge his own artistic path on the hallowed grounds of Jazz in New York. He has recorded multiple albums as a leader and led ensembles in many of the most respected Jazz venues in the City. His new recording slated for release on June 23 (Common Ground) features some of jazz's most exciting performers, including Delfeayo Marsalis, Duane Eubanks, Ralph Peterson, Dezron Douglas and Zaccai Curtis.