A consummate musician who has ripped through genres such as Jazz, Funk and R&B during the three decades of his career, Najee has become one of the most popular artists in the world music industry. His ability to combining smooth jazz and contemporary R&B has earned him worldwide acclaim over the years.
Originally from New Jersey, Najee was first introduced to music thanks to his father's record collection. At age twelve, he enrolled in a conservatory music program. After getting his degree in jazz studies from the Manhattan School of Music, Najee began playing with some of the premier artists in the jazz and R&B fields. After gaining notoriety, he recorded his first hit single with the group, 'Manhattan Transfer', in 1984.
Najee is most famous for his jazz fusion albums, which mix elements of smooth jazz, R&B and funk. His most famous songs include 'Sweet Love', '2 A.M.' and 'Tokyo Blue'. Arguably, his biggest hit is 'King of Groove', which was released on his second album, 'Share My World'. This song would later be credited as one of the pioneers of jazz fusion.
Najee has had a rotating cast of musicians in support over the years. Some of the notable members include drummer Philippe Saisse, keyboardist Peter White, guitarist Earl Klugh and bassist Will Lee. All of these musicians have gone on to play on some of the most influential albums of the past three decades.
Many musicians have been inspired by Najee's fusion of jazz and R&B. Some notable artists include Joe Sample, Rick Braun, David Sanborn and Marcus Johnson.
Over the past three decades, Najee has become a force to be reckoned with in the world of jazz fusion. His mix of jazz and contemporary R&B has made him an icon and his influence can be seen in many artists that have been inspired by him. With so many hits and a constantly rotating cast of supporting musicians, Najee is guaranteed to stay in the limelight.
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