09.09.12Artist in Residence At Bohemimian Caverns
Catch me every Tuesday in September at Bohemian Caverns with sets at 7 and 9. Check the right below.
12.28.11Named best alto saxophonist by Washington City Paper
The Jazzies: D.C.’s Best Jazz in 2011, According to Michael J. West. Check the link for full review.
05.15.11Named outstanding Jazz soloist: Alto Saxophone By Downbeat Magazine
Check out the June 2011 edition of Downbeat Magazine. I was named outstanding jazz soloist. This is apart of the 34th annual Student Music Awards. Check out the link below!!!
03.02.11Brent Blows the Blues
The Observer's review of my performance in Kingston, Jamaica. Check out the link.!!!
02.28.11Blues On The Green, Still Excellent
Check out the amazing review form The Gleaner regarding my performance at Blues on the Green.
02.25.11Jamaica Observer "Who is Brent Birckhead"
Check out the article from the Jamaica Observer on my trip to Jamaica.
02.25.11Jamaica Observer "American saxophonist inspires Jamaican music students"
Reviews from my master class at Edna Manley College.
12.06.10Review of DC Jazz Loft
The climax, of course, was the assemblage of straightahead local favorites that Russonello dubbed "The U Street All-Stars": Herrera, trombonist Reginald Cyntje, alto saxophonist Brent Birckhead, tenor saxophonist Elijah Balbed, and the Jolley Brothers (Noble on piano, Nate on drums), and Baltimore bassist Adam Dieker bassist Blake Meister), playing bop standards and a few obscure tunes. All are great soloists, and together they're a fantastic ensemble who should work together more often.
10.19.10Review By Washington City Paper
Brent Birckhead has a unique sound that demands attention to detail—outwardly, his sound is broad and creamy, but upon close listen his tone betrays grit and razor-sharpness, whether in extended workout on “Blues for Red” or quick four-bar bursts as on “Fly Me to the Moon.”
09.22.10Review by Giovanni Russonello for Capitalbop
Alto saxophonist Brent Birckhead, in a class by himself, glided over the chord changes during his solos with seeming effortlessness, like an Olympic weight lifter toying with a feather. Which is not to say that Birckhead didn’t seem to be trying – only that his tone was pure as sunlight, and his free-flowing showers of notes never limited by harmonic mode. (Just don’t try to compliment the guy – he’ll call you crazy. In the face of all his skill, this Downbeat award winner’s modesty is almost criminal.)
09.21.10HUJE 2010 Reviewed by All About Jazz
HUJE's latest release, which I was featured on, was reviewed by all about jazz. Who Can I Turn To was described as a "Luminous vehicle for alto saxophonist Brent Birckhead." Check out the full review below.
05.15.10Named best blues/pop/rock soloist by Downbeat Magazine
Check out the June edition of downbeat magazine where I was named best blues/pop/rock soloist. This is apart of the 33rd annual Student Music Awards. Check out the link below!!!
03.19.10Big Band Jazz Returns to Bohemian Caverns
I will be performing with the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra every Monday with a cast of fantastic musicians. The debut is April 19th. Check out the article in the city paper.
02.11.10Young American Flutists Enchant Cameroonian Audiences
Go to the link to see the US Embassy's review of the FOHU's Cameroonian Tour!!!
06.21.09Brent Birckhead Performs With Dr. Willie Hill and HU Jazztet on the Kennedy Center Millenium Stage
On June 21, the program was "Jazz from the Campus," during which the Howard University Jazztet performed original compositions. The Jazztet is an instrumental ensemble that is a direct outgrowth of improvisation classes. Membership is by audition, and students receive academic credit and study classic small ensemble works of composers such as Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie.
MENC Society for Jazz Education chair Willie L. Hill, Jr. played saxophone with the group, which included members Brent Birckhead, alto saxophone; Donvonte McCoy, trumpet; Elijah Balbed, tenor saxophone; Josh Walker, guitar; Amy Bormet, piano; Karine Chapdelaine, bass; and Carroll Dashiell, drums. The group is directed by Charlie Young.