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@ Pigeon Island, St. Lucia Jazz Festival
12 May 2008

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As a native New Yorker, Najee began his career playing clarinet and later saxophone and flute in his hometown Jamaica, Queens New York. While in high school Najee began studying under the direction of Jimmy Heath, Frank Foster, and Billy Taylor at Jazzmobile in Harlem. Najee also studied flute with Harold Jones at the Manhattan School of Music

In 1980, Najee along with his brother Fareed attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston with a concentrated study in performance and composition. In 1983 Najee and Fareed moved back to New York where they were asked to tour with the R&B songstress Chaka Khan. Through his association with Melisa Morgan who was a background vocalist for Chaka Khan, Najee met Charles Huggins of HUSH Productions. Charles invited Najee to record his first debut album through his production company and in 1986 Najee released his first album on EMI.

After the release of his debut album, Najee embarked on a US tour with Freddie Jackson. “Najee’s Theme” went platinum and was nominated for a Grammy music award in 1987. His sophomore album “Day By Day” also went platinum in 1988. These albums were followed by “Tokyo Blue” (1990), and “Just An Illusion” (1992). Both of these albums went gold. In 1994 Najee recorded “Share My World”. Najee’s 1995 recording on EMI records was dedicated to one of his favourite artists’ Stevie Wonder titled “Najee Plays Songs from the Key of Life: A Tribute to Stevie Wonder”.

In 1998, Najee with his brother and producer of his last seven albums, released “Morning Tenderness”. This was the first project released on their new record label FAN. This critically acclaimed album went to number one on the jazz charts in 1998.

Najee is the recipient of many music awards including the Soul Train Music Award for Best Jazz Artist in (1991 and 1993) he also received a Grammy nomination for Najees Theme in 1987.

Najee has toured in the U.S, Europe including England, France, Italy, Spain, Asia and Africa. While in South Africa in 1998, he performed for Nelson Mandela for the South African leaders’ birthday celebration. In 1999 Najee was a guest of President Bill Clinton in a special performance at the White House honouring President Jerry Rawlings of the Republic of Ghana.

Over the years Najee has worked with many great artists such as Quincy Jones, Patti LaBelle, George Duke, Lionel Richie and Jonathon Butler. Most recently he performed as a special guest artist on the “Hit and Run” tour with Prince.




Najee & Nick Colionne

Pigeon Island patrons (Patricia)

Pigeon Island patrons

Pigeon Island patrons



Just An Ilusion Love Songs The best of Najee
Rising Sun Embrace A tribute to Stevie Wonder Share My World
Day By Day Najee's Theme Tokyo Blue Morning Tenderness



The charismatic Nick Colionne @ Pigeon Island...

Nick Colionne (Click to go to his page)

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