GUITARIST, COMPOSER AND PRODUCER
Brandon Jean is no stranger to music. From the first time he heard his mother play guitar as a young boy, he knew guitar would be an essential part of his life. He grew up in Houston, Texas where he first picked up the guitar 25 years ago and has been passionate about it ever since. His love for all genres and styles of music can he heard in his own original styling with hints of Jazz, Rock, Country and World music. With influences ranging from Wes Montgomery, Beethoven, Jimi Hendrix, Willie Nelson, Ry Cooder, Daniel Lanois, Bill Frisell and Julian Lage. Over the years he has been a guitarist in many bands, has played extensively at numerous live venues around Texas and Hawaii and has been the frontman to many duo, trio and quartet projects.
Currently residing in Oahu, he is playing guitar in the group Blue “B" & Boomer “T” which he has performed regularly with at the Waikiki Grand Hotel and recently has performed at the Halekulani Hotel in his guitar and harp duo project with Harpist Michelle Rose. He lived on the Big island for many years where he performed at large private events, weddings, restaurants and venues including the Akebono Theatre, Hilo Hawaiian Hotel and Hilo Yacht Club to name a few. A few of the people he has performed, shared the stage, jammed or recorded with are Rob Austin Band, Sheila Marshall Band, Randy Lorenzo, Rupert Tripp Jr., Chip Douglas, Benny Chong and Jeff Peterson.
He is proficient in lead and rhythm guitar, and while he was originally self taught on guitar he has acquired extensive knowledge in music and jazz theory. Brandon studied at the Berklee School of Music and also received certification from the IAJE Teacher Training Institute in Kansas City. He has also taken private studies from renowned jazz guitarists Bruce Saunders, Mike Wheeler and Erich Avinger. While attending college in Houston he received a certificate in Audio Engineering and uses the knowledge he acquired to do live sound and audio recordings. When he’s not performing on the guitar he can usually be found hard at work teaching guitar lessons or recording in the studio.