Nii Akwei Adoteye is a saxophonist, educator, composer and
arranger currently based out of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. He is the founder and Managing Director of the entertainment and publishing company 11th Hour Music.
As a composer and arranger, Nii Akwei was the winner of the 2013 ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award. He has also received commissions to write for the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra and the Frost School of Music Jazz Department.
He completed his Bachelor of Music degree – in Jazz Studies
and Classical Saxophone Performance - at Christopher Newport University in
2008. There he was a regularly featured soloist in both jazz and classical
ensembles. At Christopher Newport University, Nii Akwei won the concerto
competition every year he was eligible to compete, while also gaining awards at
state music conferences and the North Sea Jazz festival as a jazz soloist featured
with the CNU big band. In his final year, Nii Akwei was the director of the first iteration of The Adotones Big Band; a 24 piece big band comprised of professional musicians from the Tidewater Virginia region.
Nii Akwei attended the University of Miami to pursue his
Master of Music in Jazz Pedagogy, graduating in 2011. While there, he was part
of the Frost School of Music Studio Jazz band as they won the Downbeat Student
Music Award for “Outstanding Graduate Large College Ensemble”.
He continued at the University of Miami to pursue a Master
of Music in Studio Jazz Writing, graduating in 2013. While a part of this
degree, Nii Akwei took a leadership role as part of a nine person staff running a
digital recording studio. As part of this staff, he engineered recording sessions for groups ranging from jazz duos to full studio jazz orchestras (with
strings) and everything in between. He has also served as co-producer for the untitled
2012-2013 Stamps Jazz Quintet album.