Najee
(02.18.12)

QUICK BIO
Born in Queens, NY, Najee began his musical journey playing clarinet before taking up his signature instrument, the saxophone.  Shortly after graduating from the New England Conservatory of Music, he and his brother Fareed were recruited by Chaka Khan to come on tour with her.  Tours with Freddie Jackson and other artists soon followed, before Najee released his debut album, Najee's Theme, in 1996, which went platinum.

Since arriving on the smooth jazz scene, Najee has performed for Nelson Mandela and President Bill Clinton, worked with artists including George Duke, Lionel Richie and Patti Labelle, and toured with Prince.

FUN FACTS

  • Najee is also an accomplished flute player.
  • At one time, he thought about becoming a pilot and hopes to get his license one day.
  • While college students, he and his brother Fareed drove to Grover Washington Jr's home in Philadelphia to present a few songs they thought he might like.  Grover invited them in and gave them some helpful pointers.
  • He admits to loving the original "Star Trek" TV series.

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