Jammin’ At The Gem 2022-2023 Najee – December 17, 2022
When a beloved concert series disappears in a town the size of Kansas City a major hole is left in the fabric of jazz listening. That is why it is so exciting to hear that the American Jazz Museum has announced the return of their signature series, Jammin’ at the Gem.
Opening the 4 concert series on December 17th is a surprising jazz artist. Najee is well aware of our city’s music, he was close to KC icon Ahmad Alaadeen, and Najee was incredibly supportive of Alaadeen’s family and close associates following the saxophonist’s passing on August 15th, 2010.
Najee is a man of deep faith who is all about the music. "My life has been a series of pivotal events and circumstances that have gotten me to where I am,” reflects the fearless chart-topping Contemporary Jazz pioneer Najee. In a business where trends and artists come and go, the genre-bending saxophonist’s staying power is a rare blessing. The Grammy and NAACP award-winning musician’s genuine love for connecting with people, coupled with his consummate musicianship and sheer passion for music, have made him one of the brightest stars in Contemporary Jazz for close to four decades.
“I heard this beautiful saying once,” explains the Zen saxophonist who has collaborated with Prince, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan and Herbie Hancock, among others. “It said that some people meet their destiny while traveling on a road trying to avoid it,” said Najee. “I recall as a young man contemplating the idea of changing directions and going into banking. Here I am still doing what I am doing because it’s what I am meant to do! Every day I wake up and I am grateful for my life and career.”
Back by popular demand, the American Jazz Museum is thrilled to present a season of national Grammy-award winning headliners. In this is special year, as they celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the opening of American Jazz Museum and celebrate and empower the community that helps keep jazz alive at 18th & Vine!
The museum suggests that you support this series by purchasing tickets for yourself, and to also consider donating a few tickets to a students, local musicians, or 3rd District residents. The AJM staff and supporters say thank you for helping them achieve their mission to expand access to the jazz artform through live performance at the 18th & Vine Historic Jazz District.
Individual tickets and subscriptions available here. Discounts for Museum Members available.