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Brent Birckhead


Saxophonist Brent Birckhead is an award-winning artist, whose aesthetic is an intersectional amalgam of traditional and popular styles. Unbound by genre, Birckhead’s approach to woodwind artistry is driven by his compulsion for creative risk and deep respect for legacy. His place in the continuum of a storied lineage begins with his surname, Birckhead, and extends to his extensive musical education and work ethic as a visionary approach to life as a rising leader.

Educated at Howard University (BME, MM), Birckhead was named best blues/pop/rock soloist and outstanding instrumental jazz soloist by Downbeat Magazine as part of the annual Student Music Awards. In 2011 Brent was named "Best Alto Saxophonist" by the Washington City Paper.

The Baltimore native's talent earned him the honor of performing and touring with legendary artists including Lauryn Hill, Nas , Dave Chappelle, Wale, Eric Benet, Larry Graham, George Duke and many more. Birckhead has also performed at some of the worlds most prestigious venues such as Blue Note NYC, Hollywood Bowl, Smalls Jazz, Blues Alley, 9:30 Club, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Billboard Tokyo and Osaka.

In 2014, Birckhead joined the faculty at Morgan State University. His debut album, BIRCKHEAD, is set to release Febuary 2019. He currently resides in New York city.

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Video 3/14/2019: Brent Birckhead

Brent Birckhead is an award-winning saxophonist whose aesthetic is an intersectional amalgam of traditional and popular styles. The Lauryn Hill touring band alum presents his own group, celebrating his debut release, Birckhead.