Ayo Brame is a 16-year-old up and coming tenor saxophone jazz musician out of Oakland, California. He is a student of Jazz Great Richard Howell by way of Oaktown Jazz Workshops. He considers himself a purist when it comes to jazz as he channels late greats such as John Coltrane, and Wayne Shorter. Embraced by the jazz community, he has been very lucky in acquiring additional mentors that influence and challenge him on a regular basis such as Kev Choice, Ayinde Webb, Stacy Dillard, Stabe Wilson, Marcus Shelby and Eric Wyatt. He has been fortunate to share the stage with so many accomplished musicians at venues such as the Black Cat in San Francisco, Brownstone Jazz in Brooklyn Jazz, Geoffrey’s Inner Circle in Oakland, CA, the Nash in Phoenix, Az., GR Noir in Grand Rapids, MI, Dizzy’s Coca Cola Room & Sour Mouse in Manhattan, NY, and Small’s Legendary Jazz Club in The Village, NY. This year he started touring internationally to gain visibility outside of his immediate community. In addition to the tenor saxophone, he also plays the soprano & alto saxophones, clarinet, EWI, bass guitar and drums.
New Works Fest 2024 features performances from Feb 16 to March 2 by some of the most exciting artists in jazz, blues, R&B, soul and electronic music in the SF Bay Area. The festival is an outgrowth of SJZ’s Jazz Aid Fund initiative, which provided crucial funds to 20 artists, each to produce a new work.
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