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Spirits

Spirits

Zem Audu

Label: Origin Records
Format: CD
Barcode: 0805558273520
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Catalog number: ORIGIN 82735
Releasedate: 03-08-17
- Debut recording by Zem Audu

- All composed by Zem Audu
Born in Nigeria, raised in London, and now living in Brooklyn, saxophonist Zem Audu possesses a deep well of influences to draw from for his debut recording. Inviting you to feel the atmosphere of the city streets, the blazing sunshine of the Caribbean, and the soulfulness of Nigerian culture, the visceral impact of his experiences with a wide-range of musical greatness - Jason Moran, Mike Stern, Hugh Masekela, and his international tours with the legendary Skatalites - is wildly evident on SPIRITS. Recorded at Avatar Studios in New York with guitarist Mike Stern, pianist Benito Gonzales, Ben Williams on bass and John Davis on drums, Audu's eleven original compositions crackle with ingenuity, spirit, and GROOVE as they celebrate the life experiences that inspired them.
Nigerian-born, London-raised, and Brooklyn-based Zem Audu is an award winning saxophonist, composer and producer with a fresh sound that blends contemporary jazz, and soulful grooves. 

In 2008 whilst still living in London he won 1st place in the Worshipful Company Of Musicians Jazz Competition. He was nominated for a Parliamentary Jazz award for Best Jazz Saxophonist, and was awarded the Yamaha Jazz Scholars prize. 

His musical journey began at childhood when he taught himself classical guitar and piano before choosing the saxophone as his main form of expression. Then he studied independently with Courtney Pine, and with Jean Toussaint at Trinity College of Music, graduating top of his class in 2008. 

Zem has had the great pleasure of playing and recording with many of the worlds finest musicians including: Jason Moran, Hugh Masekela, Plan B, Paloma Faith, and the legendary Skatalites. 

Now his work as an artist is garnering attention from the international press, with an interview in the New York Times. Look out for the upcoming release of Zem Audu's latest studio album 'Spirits' featuring Mike Stern.