Musical Artist, Manager, Booking Agent, Publicist, Promoter, Educator, Clinician, Music Director, Jazz Presenter, Author
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Tenor Saxophonist /Composer
Over the past three decades Khevan has performed in Europe, New York, and The San Francisco Bay Area and has appeared at Yoshi’s Nightspot in Oakland, Kimball’s and was a featured favorite at the Dolby-Chadwick Gallery’s First Thursday Openings in San Francisco, he has also appeared in Award winning Filmmaker Rob Nilsson Film “Scheme, Lorraine Hansberry Theater Production of Ntozake Shange’s “Boogie Woogie Landscapes” “The Legend of Lily Overstreet” written by Rhodessa Jones. Most Recently he was invited to Host and Assist with People In Plazas Summer Concerts. Khevan has also worked with Ray Charles, Freddie Hubbard, The Harper Brothers, Cultural Odyssey featuring Idris Ackamoor and Rhodessa Jones, Charles Brown, Jeanne Lee, Sonny Simmons, Bill T. Jones, The Hurley Woods Festival Orchestra Woodstock, Peter Apfelbaum & the Hieroglyphics, Pearl Ubungen, Lavay Smith, Skip Edwards, Greer Rockett, Rudi Mwongozi, Robert Porter and the Oakland Jazz Complex, Al Tanner, Nantambu Mwanga, Kay Sato, The New World Fasting Society Orchestra, Poet /Writer Marvin X, BJ Papa & Bishop Norman Williams, Cecil Wells, The Slits, Tumbleweed Dance Company Theresa Dickerson, The American Dance Asylum of New York, Mr. Lucky and Club Deluxe Quartet,ElliotBey, Veronica Klaus, Miles Ahead Ensemble West and The Jazz Congress All-Stars. Khevan is Currently Pastor of Imani Christian Fellowship Ministries and Musical Director of the Khevan Lennon-Onaje Quartet, which has recorded “Live in the City 1 &2” which featured Fred Harris/Eugene Pliner on piano, Kurt Ribak/Heshima Mark Williams/Jean Repetto on bass, and Savannah Harris/Randy Odell/ Randy Moore on Drums.
“Huge Tone”…Herb Caen, San Francisco Chronicle
“Up and Coming New Artist” …John Rogers, KCSM Radio
· Club Foot-w/ Altar Boys -Alternative Tentacles Records
· Homecooking-w/Mock Quintet-Ubiquity Records
· Live at Café International-w/Miles Ahead West/ Jazz Congress All-Stars- Miles Ahead Records
· Live In The City –vol.1 /vol.2 -Imani Records
· Don’t Give Up-w/King Caleb and Rasta Generation-Black Spade Records
· Bounce- w/ Jaymz & *Roddy Roc Roo and the Soul Essentials * appear courtesy of Birthmark Entertainment
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Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."