J.C. Kuhl has been an adjunct professor of jazz saxophone at VCU since 2005. 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. After Agents, J.C. was a member of Devil’s Workshop Big Band, Modern Groove Syndicate, Bio Ritmo, and The Thompson/D’earth Band.
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. He is currently a member of Mekong Express, Mike Davison’s Latin Jazz Messengers, John D’earth Group, Jones/Kuhl Duo, Brian Jones Group, Ombak, Old New Things, Three Sheets to the Wind, The Winn Brothers Band, and The Bachelor Boys Band.
J.C. resides in Richmond with his family and is a freelance performer, live and in the studios. He also teaches at The Collegiate School and has taught at Ashland Music Center and Harrison Music/Music and Arts.