Zem Audu showed off a terse, purposeful sensibility, a smokily nuanced tone and compositional fluency, ranging from Monty Alexander-style Jamdown jazz, to colorful postbop, funk and more.
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.
For more information about Zem Audu, please visit: http://www.zemaudu.com/.