Arena Theatre presents Najee and The Jazz All Stars, Thursday, February 10 at 8pm. With Phil Perry, Bobby Lyle, Kyle Turner, and Jimmy B.
A native New Yorker, Najee began his iconic career playing clarinet, saxophone and flute in his hometown Jamaica, Queens New York. He studied with Harold Jones at the Manhattan School of Music, and along with his brother Fareed, continued his musical scope at the �New England Conservatory of Music� in Boston with a concentrated study in performance and composition. Upon their return to New York, they were invited to tour with the songstress Chaka Khan through his association with Me'lisa Morgan who at the time was a background vocalist.
Najee is the recipient of many music awards including the Soul Train Music Award for Best Jazz Artist, NAACP Image Award, & Trumpet Awards.
Najee has toured extensively throughout the U.S. including Europe, Asia and Africa. While in South Africa, he performed for Nelson Mandela for the South African leaders birthday celebration. Also was also special guest of President Bill Clinton in a V.I.P. performance at the White House honoring President Jerry Rawlings of the Republic of Ghana.
Throughout his career Najee has had the opportunity to have worked with many great artists such as.... Quincy Jones, Will Downing,Patti La Belle, George Duke, Al Jarreau, Marcus Miller,Joe Sample, Lalah Hathaway, Jeff Lorber, Wayman Tisdale, Dave Koz,Lionel Richie, Gerald Veasley,Jonathan Butler, MAYSA, Ledisi, and was apart of the Prince �Hit and Run Tour�.
As his name is defined, his music can only be attributed as �Close to the Creator�. Listen, as he puts his heart and soul in artistry.
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