My music experience started way back to when I was
a kid and my dad would invite us to watch the army independence
parade with the " Military band ". I remember being so fascinated
watching the band & troops with special effects from the drum
major giving signals to end the music. I used to be so pleased
with the synchronization of the band & troops in their lovely
uniforms. I joined the Nigerian Army after college and it
wasn't surprising that I was posted to the "Military Band". --Ayo
Ayo studied the rudiments of music at the Nigerian army school of
music in 1987, and was posted to 82 nd Division Band of the
Nigerian Army as a trombonist with exceptional skills on the
trombone. Ayo Awe Joseph later resigned from the Army in September
1992 out of the desire to make his music more purposeful.
Ayo Awe Joseph went on to found the group the
"Brass Serpent", a pioneering band for social activities within
the church community. He later formed another band "Jazz Epistle"
in 1999 with Steve Ebhodaighe as pianist and his younger brother
Davidson on drums. The band consisted of 3 trumpeters, 2 singers,
a pianist, drummer, bassist, percussionist and a
saxophonist playing a fusion of Afrrican jazz/gospel with a lot of
"musical influence" from Fela Anikulapo Kuti .The band played road
shows in Olde English piano Bar Festac town, The Lord's club
Maryland, The Wood House Surulere, Terris burger Surulere, and the
Planet 44 Golden Gate restaurant .
Ayo plays Jazz in a variety of settings both
within the church community and beyond. Ayo shares that,
"God is doing an amazing work here with us in Nigeria. Christian
Jazz worship is a field that I am presently pioneering here.
People here are been renewed by this music! I am so excited about
what God is doing by using jazz as a genre to touch and renew the
spiritual life of the church. I see
men coming into an awesome experience with God and finding joy in
Ayo rents out buildings at least once a month to
play jazz music that packs a spiritual punch. He calls it " The
Eternal Jazz Club"! Basically the Eternal Jazz Club is
for people seeking a social/spiritual refreshing through the
medium of jazz. Ayo states that, "jazz for me is a tool for
ushering in the presence of God in my life and the live's of
others. I also invite friends as guests to play along with me.
It's a mission to the people and a ministry to me."
Ayo's new CD,"WHAT A FRIEND" was.co- produced
by Wole Oni an accomplished jazz pianist. The music on this CD
captures the many moods of the Spirit - life. The title track
"What A Friend We Have In Jesus" sets the tone. The style of the
music is a traditional straight ahead jazz piece yet the
music is dolce “tenderly sweet” it does not jump at you, it
relaxes your nerves. A real medicine for our time, and Ayo's
desire is that you enjoy it again and again!
Ayo presently lives in Lagos Nigeria , West Africa
. He is happily married to his wife "Toyin and they have a
beautiful daughter named "Feola.
What A Friend CD
Stand Up And Dance
What A Friend We Have In Jesus
To purchase this CD visit
For further information or booking details
please e- mail Ayo at:
phone 234-803 3290103.