Ayo Awe Joseph is a saxophonist and a social commentator.
He has contributed immensely to political process in his country Nigeria, speaking against social injustice.
He is most passionate about making people happy, this he does through his music and campaign for social justice.
“My music induction started way back to when I was a kid and my dad would invite us to watch the army independence parade with the Military band on stand.
I remember being so fascinated watching the band & troops harmonize in a beautiful military parade.
I used to be so pleased with the synchronization of the band & troops in their lovely ceremonial uniforms all responding to the classical musical performance of the Military Band.
Expectedly I joined the Military in 1986 after college and it wasn't surprising that I was posted to the Military Band".
Ayo attended the Nigerian Army school of music and was an exceptional student from day one on his primary instrument "the trombone"
He was posted to relieve a retiring "veteran trombonist" of a divisional headquarter band of the 82nd Div Nigerian Army.
Ayo introduced free improvisation to the 82 Div Military/Dance band, a practice that was then regarded as a taboo in the military band circle, he was able to change that mind set with his vast theoretical knowledge combined with free improvisation,the band became highly sorted after for social engagements.
Ayo later resigned in 1992 from the military to pursue "a solo career in music, playing the saxophone".
Ayo became a Christian in 1992 and was equipped under Pastor EA Adeboye, Dr Tony Rapu and Dr Noel Woodroofe respectively.
He joined The Redeemed Christian church of God Freedom Hall from where he became a foundation member of "Brass serpent", an afro/gospel band.
Ayo became the pioneer music director of The Redeemed Christian church of God (RCCG Rose of Sharon) in 1999.
He later formed his own band "The Jazz Epistle with 10 members; a saxophonist, pianist, drummer, 2 trumpeters, bassist, 2 singers, a percussionist, and a guitarist.
The band played road shows in:
Olde English Piano Bar Festac Town, The Lord's Club Maryland, The Wood House Surulere, Terris Surulere, Planet 44, Golden Gate Restaurant… until the release of his first CD Album "WHAT A FRIEND", co produced by Wole Oni an accomplished jazz pianist.
Ayo Awe Joseph presently plays a fusion of Jazz/Gospel/blue rhythm in variety of settings both within the church communities and beyond.
Ayo is a professional musician; he combines well his spiritual and social engagements with dexterity, letting the music flow into a myriad of pure souls thirsty for unpolluted musical expressions.
Ayo has performed within Nigeria and Southern Africa.
He has traveled extensively on the vehicle of "Jazz Worship" , a platform of musical expression creating social/spiritual ambiance across the nations.
There couldn't have been more on his first album "WHAT A FRIEND" ... It captured moods and reflexes of the spirit.
The style of the music is dolce, "tenderly sweet".
His new album "PLEASANT PLACES..." is like having a buffet or a pizza. A fusion of Pop, Gospel, Smooth and traditional Jazz all blended to the delight of its listening audience.
The singles, "Tete Sete mi" is a message of hope,it resonates with the expectancy of all who are reaching up, it was strategically created to fit into diversity of settings from church to the market place, an expression of smooth gospel/Jazz.
Ayo Awe-Joseph presently lives in Lagos Nigeria, West Africa.
He is happily married to Oluwatoyin and they have 2 kids, their daughter Feola and their son Niola.