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The Multi-Platinum & Multi-Grammy Nominated Instrumentalist Najee is back with his new album "YOU, ME, AND FOREVER" featuring "soulful vocalist" Frank McComb, "Pieces of A Dream" James Lloyd and "producer" Robert Damper.
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Grammy Nominated and award-winning international jazz saxophonist and flautist, Najee, has released his highly anticipated new album “You, Me, and Forever”, on Shanachie Entertainment. The new album, produced by Najee, is currently in the Billboard Top 10 Contemporary Jazz Albums and #1 Most Added album on the Smooth Jazz charts. The album features singer and songwriter, Frank McComb, keyboardist, James Lloyd (from Pieces of a Dream), and pianist Robert Damper. With his recent Soul Train Award nominated album, “The Morning After - A Musical Love Journey” (which debuted #1 Contemporary Jazz Album on the U.S. Billboard Charts), Najee considers his new work a culmination of who he is as an artist through his experiences in music.
“You, Me, and Forever” is Najee’s 16th studio-album and third release on Shanachie Entertainment label. As he states, “I’m truly blessed to have longevity in the genre of jazz.” His musical experiences is what has catapulted him for being one of the most sought after instrumentalists of our generation in both genres of Jazz and R&B. His new album “You, Me, and Forever”, is a kaleidoscope project, fused with a mix of bossa nova, contemporary and straight-ahead jazz, and smooth r&b.
“You, Me, and Forever” features musicians from Najee’s touring band including: Rod Bonner on keys, Daniel Powell on drums, RaShawn Northington on electric bass, and Chuck Johnson on guitar who is also the lead vocalist on song “Biggest Part of Me”. New comer, Andrea Wallace who is the lead vocalist on song “Give It All We’ve Got”, produced by Najee. The album is available worldwide and on iTunes and Amazon. For more information about the album and Najee’s upcoming tour dates, please visit: www.najeemusic.com.
Join me for the next Alysha Live! Radio show it is going to be a real treat with no trick my special guest will be jazz saxophonist extraordinaire Najee.
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 recorded, toured and performed with some of the greatest artist in jazz, R&B and pop 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 a part of the Prince “Hit and Run Tour”.
I promise that this will be a show that you will not want to miss! Najee will talk about his amazing career and upcoming project and tours and more. Keep it locked to the Alysha Live! Radio Show on Blogtalk radio!
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Jerome Najee Rasheed (born in New York City, New York), known professionally as Najee, is an American smooth jazz saxophonist and flautist.
He attended New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where he studied with George Russell and Jaki Byard.
He subsequently performed and recorded with singers including Chaka Khan, Freddie Jackson, Will Downing, Phil Perry, Prince, Patti Labelle, Phyllis Hyman, Vesta Williams and Jeffrey Osborne. He has recorded and performed with instrumentalists Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke, Larry Carlton, Billy Cobham, Charles Earland, Paul Jackson Jr. and George Duke.
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.
He released his first album with Shanachie Records entitled The Smooth Side Of Soul, on January 31, 2012. It features production from keyboardist and producer Jeff Lorber (Dave Koz, Michael Franks, Chris Botti, Rick Braun) and saxophonist and producer Darren Rahn (Wayman Tisdale, Eric Darius, Bob James, Jonathan Butler), as well as guest vocals from R&B singer Phil Perry on the lead single, "Just To Fall In Love". The video for "Just To Fall In Love" also features actress Vanessa Bell Calloway and songstress N'dambi.
UC&P proudly welcomes back to the show 2x Grammy nominated multi-instrumentalist Najee , as we catch up and talk about the success of his latest hot and seductive album "The Morning After - A Musical Love JournA visionary, Najee assembles an array of world class musicians on The Morning After - A Musical Love Journey....and what is ahead.
Featured artists on the CD include producer Demonte Posey (Eric Benet, Toni Braxton, and Babyface), bassist Bill Sharpe (Dave Coz and Barbara Streisand), guitarist Ray Fuller (George Duke, Anita Baker, and Whitney Houston), drummer Daniel Powell (Tamia), bassist Brian Bromberg (Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock) and drummer Joel Taylor (Joe Sample’s current band). Chart-topping R&B diva Meli’sa Morgan also joins Najee for an unforgettable duet. The Morning After - A Musical Love Journey opens with the sound of Najee’s voice as he anxiously awaits to board his plane but is unexpectedly delayed waiting for a certain special woman. Alas, she arrives and the journey begins. Najee explains, “The album title describes a fantasy trip where two people meet and experience their journey together.” The saxophonist describes the making of his new CD as an intense process. “It was recorded as a live studio album in two ½ weeks, during which time we also mixed and mastered the music. I would say the anticipation was very much part of the journey with this record.” Najee’s musical adventure unfolds with the jubilant “Rendezvous,” featuring his robust tenor saxophone. The Morning After - Musical Love Journey finds Najee transporting listeners around the globe to locations that have inspired him in some way.
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Two-time Grammy nominated saxophonist and flautist, Najee has made a career following his heart and keen musical intuition by pushing musical boundaries, all of which have made him an international pioneer in the music industry. Having collaborated with everyone in the music business from Prince, Quincy Jones to Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Herbie Hancock, Najee’s technical agility, grace, compositional prowess, unbridled passion and fearless genre bending have made him one of the most sought after musicians of his generation. With two Platinum and four Gold albums under his belt, Najee is an icon whose musical vision spawned an entire new genre by fusing the music close to his heart (R&B and jazz). And now with his new album he takes us to another level again with stunning performances from guest artists including powerhouse vocalist Me'lissa Morgan!
Join me as I talk with the man whose music became the bridge to travel from R&B to Jazz and back. We'll listen to NEW MUSIC from his project "The Morning After: A Musical Journey", discuss the melding of Jazz and R&B, and more!
AUSTIN TX! >>> I have 2 tickets for the 6:00, and 8:30 shows for Saturday, July 13 at One World Theater! Be sure to listen in! Najee will pick the number of the caller.. you will win!
With three platinum and five gold albums, Najee is one of the pioneers of what is commonly known as Contemporary Jazz. A combination of jazz improvisation and R&B, this genre forms a bridge from the jazz fusion of the 70s to the jazz pop of the mid 80s.
A native of Jamaica, Queens, New York, Najee shared all of his musical dreams-and later, many professional gigs-with his brother Fareed, a guitarist who was a year younger. Their father passed away when they were very young, but their mother encouraged a deep exposure to jazz via recordings by artists as diverse as the Miles Davis Quintet, Junior Walker and Mongo Santamaria. Najee showed an early interest in the sax but a grammar school teacher steered him towards clarinet when there were no sax chairs available in the school band.
Najee, along with his brother Fareed, attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with a concentrated study in performance and composition.
Najee left the Conservatory after three years and moved back to New York, where he immersed himself in the club scene. One night when he was out playing straight ahead jazz, Lesette Wilson, keyboardist and musical director of Chaka Khan-who was hot at the time with her trademark hit “Ain’t Nobody”-came in and loved what she heard. She called him to audition for the singer’s upcoming tour, and in no time Najee found himself on the road for a year with the legendary diva, playing alto sax and flute. Najee’s good fortune transferred to Fareed’s career as well when Chaka’s longtime guitarist Tony Maiden failed to show up for a rehearsal. Fareed plugged in and was hired to play alongside Maiden for the tour.
Hey jazzers! Ron Jackson of The Smooth Jazz Ride here inviting you to join us for promises to be a wonderful chat with contemporary jazz saxman/falutist/composer Najee. We will be playing tracks from his latest release The Morning After: A Musical Love Journey. Listeners can call in on 1-858-777-8436. "See" ya there!
After being presented with a set of drums at the age of 8, the writing was on the wall for what laid ahead in Milton's futer. A skilled musician Milton would prove to be at a young age having his first profesional performance at 14 years old.
Milton has worked and performed with acclaimed musicians Chuck Brown, Stevie Wonder, Najee, Walter Beasley, Ronnie Laws, Chante Moore, Kenny Latimore, Jodacie, Stimulus, Sheila E, and the late legendary Wilton Felder among others.
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