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NAJEE featuring special guest Blake Aaron

Thu, May 9 -
Sun, May 12, 2019




$34.50 ($6 Service fee Included) All purchases are nonrefundable/nonexchangeable.

Tickets may be purchased on-line or by phone.
Night of show seating typically available.



The Pacific Jazz Institute at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley welcomes Multi-platinum and Grammy-nominated saxophonist and flautist Najee for four nights and six shows in support of his recent release Poetry in Motion. Band members joining Najee are: Blake Aaron (guitarist), Charles Johnson (guitarist), Blair Bryant (bass), Daniel Powell (drums), and Roderick Bonner (keyboard). Show times Thursday at 7:30p, Friday and Saturday at 7:30p and 9:30p and Sunday at 7:30p. Doors open at 6:00pm Thursday and 5:30pm Friday – Sunday.

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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).

Born in the Greenwich Village in New York City and raised in Jamaica, Queens; an alumnus of the New England Conservatory of Music, Najee was mentored by jazz giants Frank Foster and Jimmy Heath as well as classical maven and flutist Harold Jones of the New York Philharmonic. When he emerged onto the scene with his soulful R&B, and jazz fused sound, with songs such as “Najee’s Theme,” “Sweet Love” and “Betcha Don’t Know,” it was not long before his trademark soprano found a home at the top of the charts and he carved out his own unique niche in the musical landscape.

Named “a genius on the guitar” by the Los Angeles Times, "a guitar player's guitarist" by Critical Blast, “...one of the greatest treasures as a guitarist,” by Najee and .."amazingly talented" by Dave Koz, Blake Aaron launched his career as an L.A. studio musician/sideman and has recorded and/ or performed with artists such as Philip Bailey (Earth Wind and Fire), Sheila E., Frank Stallone, Bobby Womack and Carlos Santana (Womack-Save the Children), The Gap Band, Ronnie Laws, Keiko Matsui, Najee, Warren Hill and many others.

Blake Aaron has already scored several Top Five Billboard airplay hits with his current #1 Billboard single, “Groovers and Shakers,” which has been in the Top 5 for over 3 months and counting, his 2017 hit, “VIVID,” his Latin flavored single “Encantadora,” featuring saxophonist Najee, the soulful jazz tune “You’re The One For Me,” featuring vocalist Spencer Day, the slamming, brass fired old school jam “Groove-O-Matic.” and “Wes Side Story,” a soul jazz excursion and tribute to the great Wes Montgomery.

A first call TV & Film Session Guitarist, Aaron has worked for a laundry list of television shows such as 15 years with Fox’s “MAD TV,” Steven Seagal's “Half Past Dead 2,” “Super Dave Osborne”, “The Next BestThing” (ABC), and “The Ben Stiller Show” (FOX).

Blake Aaron has also been an internationally syndicated live music radio show host of The Blake Aaron Radio Show and Blake Aaron Live w Tina Anderson since 2008.

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