Shola Emmanuel performance in Duluth Friday

Afro-jazz saxophonist Shola Emmanuel is performing in Duluth this Friday.

The community is in for a treat in Duluth on Friday, Jan. 17, with a performance by Afro-jazz saxophonist Shola Emmanuel, who will be debuting new songs from his upcoming album “Kind of Music.”

He will perform at the Red Clay Music Foundry. Doors open one hour before the show at 8 p.m. Emmanuel will be available after the show to meet with fans.

“I can’t wait to play at Red Clay,” Emmanuel said, “and I can’t wait to play these songs for my fans. We’ve been working on them in the studio and now we’re ready to play them in concert.”

An interpreter of jazz in the African style, Emmanuel’s performances connect with both jazz connoisseurs and those new to the genre.

The show will feature Emmanuel on saxophone and vocals, accompanied by his full jazz band. In addition to original songs from his new album, Emmanuel will play his takes on classic jazz favorites.

The evening will provide a creative blend of music that feeds off traditional African rhythm while maintaining classic jazz style.

Emmanuel has performed in the United States, Canada, Italy, France, Africa and the United Kingdom since he made his first international appearance before a crowd of 80,000 in 1999.

He’s worked with some of the most respected performers in professional music, including Quincy Jones, Kirk Whalum, Kamasi Washington, Herbie Hancock, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Alicia Keys and many others.

The concert is being put on by Eddie Owen Presents. Red Clay Music Foundry is located at 3116 Main Street in downtown Duluth.

Tickets are available through the EOP website at for $15 in advance or $20 the day of the show.

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