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Nii Akwei Adoteye


Nii Akwei Adoteye is a saxophonist, educator, producer, composer and arranger currently based out of the Washington D.C. area. He completed his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies and Classical Saxophone Performance at Christopher Newport University (CNU) in 2008. At CNU Nii Akwei won the concerto competition every year he was eligible to compete, while also gaining awards at state music conferences and the North Sea Jazz festival as a jazz soloist featured with the CNU big band.  Nii Akwei attended the University of Miami to pursue his Master of Music in Jazz Pedagogy, graduating in 2011. While there, he was part of the Frost School of Music Studio Jazz band as they won the Downbeat Student Music Award for “Outstanding Graduate Large College Ensemble”. He has received commissions to write for the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and the Frost School of Music. A composer and arranger, Nii Akwei was a recipient of ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Awards in 2013 and 2014.

Watch Past Performances

Video 3/12/2014: The ASCAP Foundation Presents: “Songwriters: The Next Generation” featuring Nii Akwei Adoteye and Nicky Egan

Under the auspices of The ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Composers) Foundation, an evening of original musical works hosted by Larry Groce and featuring performances by Nii Akwei Adoteye and Nicky Egan.

Nii Akwei Adoteye