Meg Brennan Quartet
Straight ahead jazz featuring standards and original compositions from this fiery alto saxophonist
Meg Brennan is a Detroit-based multi-woodwindist, composer, arranger, educator, and bandleader, widely regarded for her versatility across musical genres. As a flutist and saxophonist, she has been hired to perform with esteemed musicians such as Ingrid Jensen and Ellen Rowe. As bandleader of the Meg Brennan Quartet, her accomplishment is marked by performances at notable venues such as the Lansing Jazz Festival, Blue Llama Jazz Club, Cliff Bells, and features on 90.9 WRCJ Detroit and 89.7 WLNZ Lansing.
Meg began playing the flute at the age of 10. In high school, she was accepted to attend the internationally renowned Interlochen Arts Academy. It was at Interlochen that Meg began composing and arranging music, often incorporating beatbox flute, a skill she gained from working with Greg Pattillo. Soon after graduating from high school, she was featured on Fox 2 News Detroit, where she played her own beatbox flute arrangement of the “Hey Arnold” theme song.
After graduating from Interlochen, she began pursuing a flute performance degree at Michigan State University (MSU). Finding herself completely enthralled by improvisational music, she loaned out a school saxophone and started transcribing Louis Armstrong, Sonny Stitt, and Clifford Brown. After a couple years of being self-taught, Diego Rivera, associate professor of Jazz Studies at MSU, accepted her into his saxophone studio. This ultimately led her to achieving B.M. degrees in both flute performance and jazz studies. During her time at MSU, Meg had the opportunity to play with Christian McBride, Kenny Barron, Jimmy Cobb, Louis Hayes, Anat Cohen, Antonio Hart, Peter Bernstein, Rodney Whitaker, and other MSU faculty.
Meg is currently pursuing her masters degree in jazz and contemporary improvisation at the University of Michigan. Of special note are her mentorships in saxophone, improvisation, and composition with Andrew Bishop and improvisation and rhythm studies with Miles Okazaki. Additionally, as a selected Graduate Fellow for the Center for World Performance Studies, she is conducting research regarding the ways that non-western rhythmic concepts and their modes of transmission influence improvisational techniques. With a passion for expanding women’s representation in jazz, Meg has helped organize Music Deconstructed, an online symposium and newly founded LLC that examines race and gender biases in music. Currently, she performs with the prize-winning BETA Quartet, with whom she won First Prize at the France Music Competition 2° and advanced to quarter finalists in the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition (2020).Back to Events