J.C. Kuhl is an Adjunct Professor of Jazz Saxophone at VCU . A native of Baltimore, MD, he plays saxophone, flute, and clarinet and studied at Towson State University, where he majored in Jazz/Commercial Music. After working in clubs in the Baltimore/Washington, D.C. area, he moved to the Richmond area in 1995 and joined the eclectic rock band “Agents of Good Roots,” which fused many different styles including jazz, hip-hop, and classical. They toured incessantly for six years, playing over 200 shows a year.
In 1997, the band was signed by RCA records and achieved moderate success with their major-label debut, “One By One.” The song “Smiling Up the Frown,” went to number 2 on AAA Radio charts across the country; and MTV placed their video for their second single, “Come On,” into rotation. Over the course of their career, “Agents” released five records, a pivotal time in his career.
J.C. has performed and/or shared the stage with Dave Matthews Band; John Scofield Uberjam Band and Quartet; Bela Fleck and the Flecktones; Bruce Hornsby; Blues Traveler; Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe; Medeski, Martin and Wood; Big Head Todd and the Monsters; The Neville Brothers; The Temptations; Soulive; Pat McGhee Band; Moe; and G Love and Special Sauce. He toured as part of the H.O.R.D.E. tour for two years with artists such as Lenny Kravitz, Me’shell Ndegeocello, Rusted Root, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, King Crimson, Ben Harper, and Blues Traveler and continues to perform extensively throughout the United States and Canada.
In August of 2001, J.C. joined forces with Modern Groove Syndicate. He continues to reside in Richmond, where he plays regularly with the Devil’s Workshop Big Band; the experimental trio Jones, Kuhl, McCavitt; Boots of Leather (interpretations of the Velvet Underground); the Brian Jones/J.C. Kuhl Duo; and singer/songwriter Regan.