Lionel D Lyles II

Lionel D. Lyles, II is a tenor saxophonist, and band leader for the Lionel Lyles Quintent, living and working in the D.C. metropolitan region. Lyles II majored in music education while at Morgan State University and graduated in 2002. The Lionel Lyles Quintet recorded its first studio project in 2006, The Lionel Lyles Quintet: The September Sessions. Soon after, Lyles II enrolled at North Carolina Central University to pursue a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies Saxophone Performance, and graduated in 2008. While at NCCU, he had the opportunity to study with great jazz icons such as Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Jimmy Heath, Roy Hargrove, Brian Horton, Robert Trowers and Dr. Ira Wiggins. His ensemble has three albums to date: The Lionel Lyles Quintet: The September Sessions(2006), The Lionel Lyles Quintet: At the Precipice (2014), and The Lionel Lyles Quintet: Simplistically Complex (2019). In 2015, Lyles II won a JAZZY for best jazz tenor. In 2016, he won best New Jazz Tenor player, and Best Performing Artist across all genres in 2016 - all given by the Washington City Paper.

Lionel D. Lyles, II is a tenor saxophonist, and band leader for the Lionel Lyles Quintent, living and working in the D.C. metropolitan region. Lyles II majored in music education while at Morgan State University and graduated in 2002. The Lionel Lyles Quintet recorded its first studio project in 2006, The Lionel Lyles Quintet: The September Sessions.

Soon after, Lyles II enrolled at North Carolina Central University to pursue a Masters of Music in Jazz Studies Saxophone Performance, and graduated in 2008. While at NCCU, he had the opportunity to study with great jazz icons such as Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Jimmy Heath, Roy Hargrove, Brian Horton, Robert Trowers and Dr. Ira Wiggins. His ensemble has three albums to date: The Lionel Lyles Quintet: The September Sessions(2006), The Lionel Lyles Quintet: At the Precipice (2014), and The Lionel Lyles Quintet: Simplistically Complex (2019). In 2015, Lyles II won a JAZZY for best jazz tenor.

In 2016, he won best New Jazz Tenor player, and Best Performing Artist across all genres in 2016 - all given by the Washington City Paper.