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Music is the Combination of Deliberate
Sounds in a Pre Arranged

Sequence for Pleasant Hearing

A Musician is a Perfectionist.
The Right Sound-Pitch,

Inflection, Tone, Breath, Response.

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Desire to Always Improve and Perfect
The Sound, Your Sound,

is a Never-Ending Journey.

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In This Journey
The Right Companion

Can Inspire You.

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The Right
Instrument

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Let Now the Music of Shola Emmanuel
Become a Part of those Guarded Expectations

You Reserve for the Most Important Components of Your journey.

 

Saxophone Player


 Shola Emmanuel interprets Jazz in the African jazz style, a saxophone player and recording artist who creatively fashions and blends music that feeds off traditional African rhythm while maintaining western voice, class, and style. 

 Music is the Combination of Deliberate Sounds in a Pre Arranged Sequence for pleasant Hearing

Shola Emmanuel

Biography

The erudite Nigerian Saxophone player, 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 crowd of 80,000 with Andy Narell at the South African jazz Art alive festival in 1999. Began to play the saxophone in 2004. His original composition Modupe. is regarded as one of the best live jazz performances of 2015. 

 

Shola’s bolstering musical expertise is a three-way street that allows him to share his musicculture, and gospel, which he has successfully done locally and internationally. With his specialization in orchestration and saxophone player.

 

His affinity with music has gone beyond just sax playing to building relationships that bridge gaps, transcend barriers, and speaks deeply to those who have come to love his passionate approach to music in an African jazz style.

 

A brief introduction to his collaborations includes performances with Bobby Ricketts at the US Department of State’s Art Envoy program; French artists Thibault CauvinCAB (Caraïbes Afrique Brésil ), Mario Canonge (Piano), Blick Bassey (Singer Guitarist), Adriano Tenoriodd (Percussionist) and recordings with the French International School; and America’s Stephan WrembleHenhouse Prowlers. In 2014, at the French Embassy Abuja, Nigeria played host to Shola Emmanuel Rhythm & Sax.

 

Shola starred at Daniel Pearl’s world music Day celebration, in the concert theme Harmony for Humanity, and a tribute to Daniel Pearl, James Foley, Steven Sotloff, and David Haines by Steven Hendrix. 

 

The Nigerian artists have also taken his unique African Jazz style across borders and were privileged to work with world-class musicians such as Matteo Pastorino (Switzerland), Jean Baptist Pinet (France), Bertrand Bernard (Norway), Rafael Paseiro (The Congo), Johan Blanc (America), and Michele Anna Artiste (France). The program agenda included Teaching African jazz Music/Rhythms, excursions, performances, and studio recording.

 

In 2014, the American embassy, Abuja Nigeria honored Shola Emmanuel’s unique saxophone playing style with an invitation to perform a series of live concerts to the North American audience in the Fall of 2014. Gracing stages from Atlanta, Georgia to New England, New York, and New Jersey

 

Welcomed with warm applause, the soulful rhythm of Mr. Emmanuel’s saxophone playing with a blend of African jazz, highlife, south African jazz vibe, and American swing jazz, was enjoyed in some of America’s coziest jazz spots and celebrated performance centers. 

 

His sharing of the music and culture of Africa with the American audience initiated amazing collaborations with noted US artists, students, and an eager audience with and outside Atlanta Georgia. 

 

In his bid to align himself with masters of the genre, he has spent time exploring new realms and horizons with masters of his art at the professional music scene, including Legendary Quincy JonesKirk Whalum; Grammy award saxophone player, Avishai Cohen, Herbie HancockStingStevie WonderEric MarientalJoshua RedmanRoy HargroveEric Essix, Alicia KeysMary J BligeEsperanzaMuyiwa KunnujiRussell GunnJoe Grendson, Mausiki Scale, Tosinger, amongst others.

 

And not only is Shola a fine musician and saxophone player but he’s also got advanced skills in Information technology.

Performances


Southern Sahara – CPDI Launch & Exhibition
Atlanta, GA

North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra
Chapel Hill, NC

The Howard Theater
Washington, DC

Blues House Studio Concert
Washington, DC

Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, LA

Africa Atlanta Gala Concert
Atlanta, GA

Martin Luther King Day Concert
Atlanta, GA

Hampton Jazz Festival
Washington, DC

North Side Festival
Brooklyn, NY

Taste Of Country Music Festival
Hunter Mountain, NY

Summer Fest
Milwaukee, WI

Mississippi Valley Blues Festival
Davenport, IA

Essence Festival
New Orleans, LA

One 17 International
Morrisville, NC

Worship Ministration
Houston, TX

Reviews


Fiery and intelligent Saxophone player

James Owre

Unerringly fine music. Shola’s stylish saxophone playing draws you in, you hang on each note, following his train of thought.

Engr. Bunmi Peters

Tight-knit, high-energy band, richly imaginative tunes. It was indeed a high flying hour of music with the saxophonist.

Alain Chokote

 Shola’s saxophone playing is characterized by outstanding precision, finger speed, intonation and breath control

MONTOURCY Jacques

 He’s one of the most influential improvisers in African jazz and a central figure in Nigerian music

Ronald E. Ashkin

He’s idolized by those who learn from him, including me   

Femi Paul

 Shola Emmanuel’s band is consistent, innovative and promising

MaryAnne Ikoku

 That guy has got humility, skills and experience anyone can depend on

Engr. William Alli

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