Multi-instrumentalist and native New Yorker, Najee, returns to his home turf on July 31. Greenwich Village is where he was born and Jamaica, Queens is where he grew up and began his musical journey. The rest is history. After studying at the New England Conservatory of Music he went on to play with Chaka Khan, Prince, Freddie Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke, Larry Carlton, and George Duke.
AQUI & AJAZZ, Najee “Najee’s Theme”
Najee has had the distinction of performing for Presidents Bill Clinton and Nelson Mandela and he has made appearances on The Tonight Show and Good Morning America. “I have always tried to maintain consistency when it comes to music I’ve recorded throughout the years,” confides Najee. “As an artist I have been fortunate to attract an audience very early in my career that has followed and grown with me. My challenge has always been to record music that I enjoy playing while at the same time meeting the requirements that I believe my audience would like to hear. I am always looking for something to help me continue to grow as a musician.”
Najee performs Betcha Don’t Know Live at the BB Jazz Festival 2012
As a solo artist he came to prominence with “Najee’s Theme” in 1986. His greatest hits album, The Best of Najee, was released in 1998. On January 31, 2012, Shanachie Entertainment released Najee’s highly anticipated label debut, The Smooth Side Of Soul, a sublime offering from the peerless instrumentalist and composer, that is a testament as to why he has long reigned as the King of contemporary jazz.
Najee performs One Night in Soho live at the BB Jaz Festival 2012
Lest you think a Najee concert is not a party, watch this video of a recent performance where the audience joins him on stage to dance.
Najee performs Perfect Nights Live at Anthology
Najee performs in NYC on the Smooth Jazz cruise this Wednesday, July 31st. Here is a video from an earlier performance on the NYC Smooth Jazz Cruise.
Najee Live on the 2010 Smooth Cruises
On July 31st, Najee performs two shows at 6:30pm and 9:30pm. Celebrate the Smooth Cruises’ 16th year on the Hudson, aboard The Spirit of New York, located at Pier 61, Chelsea Piers (23rd St & West Side Highway). For information and to purchase tickets, visit www.smoothjazznewyork.com. Tickets are ON SALE NOW online and by phone. Standard tickets for the Wednesday, June 31st are $59.50.