Ayodele Maakheru, guitar


Ayodele is a composer, performer, and teacher who plays the guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica and djembe. He studied at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, City College of New York and Brooklyn College. Ayodele has performed, toured, and recorded with a variety of artists such as Eartha Kitt, Phylicia Rashad, Gregory Hines, Miriam Makeba, in addition to the New York Philharmonic. In addition, he has nearly three decades of performance experience in the orchestras of Broadway shows, including A Chorus Line, The Full Monty, Bring in da Noise/Bring in da Funk, and The Color Purple. He is a featured soloist with the Clef Club Orchestra at Carnegie Hall and appeared on The Tonight Show (Jay Leno) with the NOISE/FUNK band. Ayodele was the Bronx Council on the Arts 2004 BRIO Award winner for music composition and an ASCAP award winner for composition. He has recorded 2 CDs of original music: SUNSHIP and DISTANT TRAVELER.