One of themost forward-thinking artists in jazz, Chief Adjuah creates music that is beautiful and defies description. His trumpet mastery is astonishing, but his sonic world encompasses much more than just the horn. Spending time with Chief Adjuah is one of those opportunities that can change your life, and we’re excited to offer this to you in 2023.
Chief Xian aTunde Adjuah [formally Christian Scott] is a two-time Edison Award-Winning, six-time Grammy Award-Nominated sonic architect, trumpeter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, designer of innovative technologies and musical instruments (Adjuah Trumpet, Siren, Sirenette, and Chief Adjuah Bow, Chief Adjuah’s N’Goni), Founder and CEO of the Stretch Music app company and record label, the face of the first-ever BMW XM starring in BMW’s campaign of commercials commemorating the release of the new vehicle. And is the crowned Chieftain and OBA of the Xodokan Nation of the maroon tribes of New Orleans. He is the grandson of legendary Big Chief Donald Harrison Sr., and the nephew of jazz innovator and legendary saxophonist-composer, NEA Jazz Master Big Chief Donald Harrison, Jr. Since 2001 Adjuah has released thirteen critically acclaimed studio recordings, four live albums, and one greatest hits collection.
According to NPR, Adjuah “Ushers in a new era of Jazz”. He has also been heralded by JazzTimes Magazine as “Jazz’s young style God.” and “ He is known for developing the harmonic convention known as the “forecasting cell” for his use of an un-voiced tone in his playing, emphasizing breath over vibration at the mouthpiece known as the whisper technique. Adjuah is also regarded as the progenitor of “Stretch Music,” a jazz-rooted, genre-blind musical form that attempts to “stretch” jazz’s rhythmic, melodic and harmonic conventions to encompass multiple musical forms, languages, and cultures. His innovations have garnering a PBS American Masters short “The New Chief”, JAZZFM’s Innovator/Innovation of the Year Award, Jazz Journalist Association Trumpeter of the year, The Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, The Paul Ackett Award, Echo: Deutscher Musikpreis, Induction into the inaugural constituency of the Black Genius Brain Trust, a host of Downbeat Magazine’s Critics and Readers Poll’s wins for Best Composer, Best Trumpet, and Best Electric Jazz-Rock Contemporary Group, and The Changing Worlds Peace Maker Award.