The BJQ is a jazz band, equally at home with the American Songbook and more adventurous pieces—everything from Jobim and Kern to Rashan Kirk and Miles. They have played throughout the Cape Cod region at clubs, special events and concerts since 2012. They also compose material, some of which was featured on the 2013 release, Imaginary Journey.
Regular members include:
Bert Jackson (guitars & vocals)
As founder of the BJQ, Bert’s style is diverse and unique with a strong background in jazz and blues, flavored with his love for world music and the unusual. He also composed and arranged several of the pieces of the BJQ CD. Bert organizes several local festivals and co-hosts the Feed Your Love Open Mic at Wellfleet Preservation Hall.
Paul Lesniak (reeds & vocals)
In addition to the BJQ, Paul currently works with the Rip-It-Ups, Steve Morgan & the Kingfish, Sarah Swain, Clã da Bossa Nova, and others. He served in the Navy band in Viet Nam, and spent 20 years on the west coast with his own bands and others, playing venues such as Big Sur Jazz Festival and Monterey Blues Festival.
Roe Osborn (bass & vocals)
Roe has a long history with jazz, blues, swing, folk and rock groups on Cape Cod and in Rhode Island. Roe’s composing style reflects his varied musical interests, he released What If, a CD of 11 diverse originals, in 2011. Aside from the BJQ, Roe plays with Steve Morgan & the Kingfish, and has played with many other individuals and bands on the Cape.
Kareem Sanjaghi (drums)
Kareem started his career as a teenager playing with his grandfather, pianist Bob Hayes, and famed trumpeter, Lou Colombo, with whom he performed for over 10 years. In addition to the BJQ, he also plays with its alter-ego, the Wicked Trio, as well as his own group, the Kareem Sanjaghi Trio. He is the go-to drummer for many jazz professionals in the region. He is known for his melodic style, attentive ear, easy nature, and strong sense of swing.