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Sly5thAve with special guests

Sly5thAve is fresh from a North American tour with Alfa Mist, and arranging/conducting for Questlove and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.  Known for his sophisticated compositions, Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II aka Sly5thAve’s sound is shaped by his faith in hip-hop, and deep understanding of soul, R&B and jazz.

This live performance will feature special guests and drums from fellow Texan Jackie Whitmill Jr., as Sly5thAve celebrates his catalogue of original compositions and reworkings, and his new music set for release in 2024.

With a core underground following, Sly5thAve is a Grammy award-winning horns player, whose projects have been backed by Jarobi White (A Tribe Called Quest), Gilles Peterson, Downbeat magazine, Noisey, NPR, The Fader, Jazz Times, Martin Freeman, Lauren Laverne, Cerys Matthews and more.  He has attained respect from his work with highly- fêted musicians including Prince, Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight. Also part of Ghost-Note and a collaborator with Roberto Verástegui.

Sly5thAve's musical inspirations span the worlds of jazz and hip hop, with icons like John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and Cannonball Adderley influencing his artistic journey.  His orchestral tribute to Dr. Dre, ‘The Invisible Man’ (Tru Thoughts) garnered widespread praise and attention, even earning the admiration of Dr. Dre himself.

Sly always comes correct with his own take on covers but also pushed new boundaries on his original work. Don’t sleep on Sly!

— Anthony Valadez (KCRW)