Shola Emmanuel Interprets Jazz in the African style, Saxophonist/ Recording Artist who creatively fashion and blend music that feeds off traditional African rhythm while maintaining western voice, class and debonair. A fine artist with advance skills in Information technology. The erudite Nigerian Saxophonist is popularly known to many in Nigeria as Shola Sax of the ‘Rhythm and Sax‘ fame, the charismatic founder and leader of the renowned jazz ensemble. Mr. Emmanuel made his first international appearance as a trumpet player at the LeZènith stage in Paris, followed by a performance before a crowed of 80,000 with Andy Narell at South Africa Art alive festival in 1999. Began to play the saxophone in 2004. He won the 2015 U.S Academia award for best “Live jazz performance” of his original composition Modupe. Shola(s) bolstering musical expertise is a three-way street that allows him share his music, culture and gospel, which he has successfully done locally and internationally. With his specialization in orchestration. Shola(s) affinity with music has gone beyond just playing the saxophone to building relationships that bridge gaps, transcends barriers and speaks deeply to those who have come to love his passionate approach to music. A brief introduction to his collaborations include performances with Bobby Ricketts at the US Department of State’s Art Envoy program; the voyage with French artists Thibault Cauvin, CAB (Caraïbes Afrique Brésil ) Mario Canonge – Piano, Blick Bassey – Singer/et Guitarist, Adriano Tenoriodd – Percussionist and America’s Stephan Wremble, Henhouse prowlers, recordings with the French International School, also star at Daniel Pearl world music days celebration at Community Hall, the concert theme: “Harmony for Humanity“, A tribute to Daniel Pearl, James Foley, Steven Sotloff and David Haines by Steven Hendrix. May 2014 The French Embassy Abuja, Nigeria played host to Shola Emmanuel Rhythm & Sax. The Nigerian artists took his unique Style, Afro Jazz across borders and was privileged to associate and network with world class musicians such as Matteo Pastorino-Switzerland, Jean Baptist Pinet-France, Bertrand Bernard-Norweigh, Rafael Paseiro-The congo, Johan Blanc-America, Michele Anna Artiste-France. The program agenda included Teaching African Music/Rhythms, excursions, performances and studio recording. November 2014 The American Embassy Abuja, Nigeria played host to honor Shola Emmanuel Rhythm & Sax of invitations to perform a series of live concert to the North American audience in the Fall of 2014. Gracing stages from Atlanta Georgia in the deep south to the far reaching New England cities of New York and New Jersey. Welcomed with much awaited applause, the soulful rhythm of Mr. Emmanuel’s blend of African highlife and America swing jazz, was enjoyed in the sanctuaries of some of America’s coziest jazz spots and celebrated performance centers. His sharing of music and culture of Africa with the American audience initiated amazing collaborations with noted US artists, students and an eager audience. In his bid to align himself with mastery, he has spent time exploring new realms and horizons with masters of his art at the professional music scene, including Quincy Jones, Kirk Whalum, Avishai Cohen, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Eric Mariental, Joshua Redman, Roy Hargrove, Eric Essix, Alicia Keys, Mary J Blige, Esperanza, Muyiwa Kunnuji, Russell Gunn, Joe Grendson, amongst others.
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