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 Richmond 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 more than 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 two on AAA Radio charts across the country and MTV placed the video for their second single, “Come On,” into rotation. Over the course of their career, Agents released six records, a pivotal time in his career.
Kuhl has performed and/or shared the stage with Dave Matthews Band; John Scofield Uberjam Band and Quartet; Béla 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 McGee 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 U.S. and Canada.
In August of 2001, Kuhl 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.