Onaje with Sabu Adeyola Quartet
2 Shows! 8:00pm & 9:30pm
Onaje Allan Gumbs was born in Harlem of Caribbean parents (his father from Anguilla, mother from Montserrat) and raised in Queens. Onaje started playing piano at age 7. He graduated from Manhattan’s High School of Music and Art as well as SUNY at Fredonia.
In 1971, a gig with master guitarist Kenny Burrell at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge in Detroit led to recording and sideman gigs with such artists as Norman Connors, Buster Williams, Cecil McBee, Betty Carter and Nat Adderley. He spent 2 years as pianist, composer, arranger in the band of the late, great trumpeter Woody Shaw.
As a producer/arranger/pianist, Onaje has worked with other artists such as, Billy Cobham, Kevin Eubanks, Will Downing, Angela Bofill, and Cassandra Wilson. He is the producer of debut albums for vocalists Vanessa Rubin and Gregory Generet and for bassist Kenny Davis whose album featured among others, Geri Allen, Javon Jackson, Billy Kilson and Don Byron.
Onaje is a 2006 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Jazz Artist for his album, “Remember Their Innocence”