On Dec. 4, Najee, the Grammy-nominated jazz saxophonist and flutist will be interviewed and featured throughout Java Jazz as this month’s “Spotlight Artist.”
The program, hosted by Steven Adler, airs 6-9 a.m. and the interview with Najee is slated for 8 a.m. It will focus on his latest release You, Me and Forever (Shanachie), his 17th release since making his recording debut in 1986 with the well-regarded Najee’s Theme (EMI/Capitol). Najee will also discuss some of his musical influences and other aspects of his life.
Over the past three decades, he’s collaborated with such legendary vocalists as Chaka Khan, Freddie Jackson, Will Downing, Phil Perry, Prince, Patti Labelle, Phyllis Hyman, Vesta Williams and Jeffrey Osborne. Instrumentalists he’s recorded and performed with include: Marcus Miller, Herbie Hancock, Stanley Clarke, Larry Carlton, Billy Cobham, Charles Earland, Paul Jackson, Jr., George Duke and Frank McComb.
Four of Najee’s releases, including his debut — for which he gained a Grammy nomination — Tokyo Blue (1990), My Point of View (2005) and Rising Sun (2007) were named Billboard’s Top Contemporary Jazz Albums, while his “Sweet Summer Nights” from Mind Over Matter (2009) went to No. 1 on Billboard’s Smooth Jazz chart.