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
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
- 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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