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1 Najee talks about his recent recording sessions in London and discusses getting his start in music, growing up in New York City where he was exposed to a lot of music and culture. Influenced by his mother’s varied taste in music and inspired by artists like John Coltrane, Grover Washington Jr. and Junior Walker, Najee gravitated towards improvisational music, taking up the clarinet, flute and eventually picking the soprano sax at his brother’s suggestion, an instrument that was to become Najee's signature sound
2 Najee talks about his first tour out of high school performing all around the world at USO military bases. He describes his experience of being discovered by Prince and going on to tour with him and Chaka Khan. He talks about artists like Hebie Hancock who he has toured with but never got a chance to record with, which is something he still hopes to do.
3 Najee talks about recording his new album, first in London then in the States, featuring musicians like Frank McComb, James Loyd and Andrea Wallace. He discusses the vast changes in the music industry landscape, the importance of touring and artists’ use of social media to promote each other’s projects.
4 Najee discusses winning an NAACP award in 2007 and talks about his teaching, taking on hand picked, very serious students, many of whom go on to earn full scholarships. His advice to students is it’ OK to emulate a favorite artist at first, but eventually let them go, assimilate what they do but find your own voice. What he looks for in students is desire and commitment rather than ability, because ability will come with the other two.