Guitarist, composer, arranger and musical director JJ Sansaverino is a performer who has a “take no prisoners” performance attitude. His musical style is a mix of Smooth Jazz, R&B, World Music and Fusion “a la Santana meets Benson”. JJ was playing trumpet and violin by the age of 11 and guitar by 13. Growing up in and around New York, his influences of Santana and Hendrix, as well as Jazz, Motown and Doo-Wop, helped mold his guitar style. After performing in New York during the late 80s, JJ embarked on his first European tour with the alternative rock band Heads Up. Upon returning to the States, he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston to study Commercial Arranging and Big Band, returning to NYC almost every weekend to perform his original music. JJ graduated cum laude and won the 1994 Writing Award of the Year. It wasn’t long before he started appearing and recording with artists such as Shaggy, Sean Paul, Shabba Ranks, The Jungle Brothers, and the Marley family. In 2005, JJ teamed up with powerhouse producers Alex Valenti and Zé Luis Oliveira to form ALZEJO Music. By fusing urban beats and Brazilian flavor with fresh horn arrangements and JJ’s unique guitar style, his debut CD “Sunshine After Midnight” was created. JJ quickly started performing his new music and selling out the Blue Note Jazz Club. Since that, he has been performing with Jazz greats such as Ricky Lawson and Victor Bailey, but he also continues to touring worldwide with reggae legends Maxi Priest and Shaggy, while simultaneously working with his own band.
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