Featured Artist: Jazz Saxophonist Samir Zafif aka FKAjazz

FKAjazz is an innovative musical alchemist, a powerfully expressive tenor, soprano and alto saxophonist who animates his compositions with well-crafted arrangements, based on his own keyboard parts and wedded to organic rhythm beds. Surrounded by outstanding guest vocalists and instrumentalists from his Trew Culture collective, he performs with a mastery that confirms his coronation by UPI as “a triple-threat Musician/Producer/Writer.”

Born Samir Zarif in Houston, Texas, FKAjazz moved to New Orleans, where he performed with Ellis Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, the Jason Marsalis Quintet and other luminaries before enrolling at the Manhattan School Of Music in New York in the early 2000s. Branching beyond jazz, he channeled multiple aspects of Black-American artistry into a highly personal approach as a composer, player, producer and DJ. Following a landmark performance at Webster Hall in New York in late 2016, FKAjazz released his debut album STEREOTYPE THREAT in 2017 and performed subsequently with members of Trew Culture on BRIC TV. He has been acclaimed as “an artist who refuses to be pinned down” (Soultracks.com) and lauded for blending “a new vision and old-school precision to create an exciting new take on jazz” (TheDeliMagazine.com). More to the point, United Press International concludes, FKAjazz “fearlessly plays with precision and a passion that takes you on a musical journey like no other. There is Greatness here.”

Beautifully Awkward (2019)

Latest Release

Beautifully Awkward Full Album

Follow FKAjazz on his website fkajazz.com & Facebook

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