Biography

Kenji Omae is a Canadian Jazz saxophonist based in Nova Scotia, Canada.  He has been described as "a super-articulate viruoso" (Peter Hum-The Ottawa Citizen) and "may be the most exciting tenor saxophonist to emerge in Canada in recent years" (Stuart Broomer-The WholeNote).  He has released three albums of original music as a leader; "Story Time" (2015), "Not So Deep" (2011), "Here For Now" (2007).  In addition to his own recordings, he is featured as a sideman on over thirty jazz CD's.
From 2003-2017, he was based in Seoul as a full time instructor of saxophone (Dong-Ah Institute Of Media And Arts and Paek-Che Art College). He was an active contributor to the music scene of Seoul through his frequent performances and extensive teaching . In 2007 he won the first prize in the Jarasum International Jazz Festival competition.
Kenji has a Master of Arts Degree in Jazz Performance from CUNY/Queen's College in New York.  He is currently on faculty at Saint Francis Xavier University where he maintains a Saxophone studio and teaches classes that include Arranging, Jazz History, and ensembles.

 

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