Nii Akwei Adoteye

– 11th Hour Music
“The moment I played Theo’s mouthpieces, there were no other mouthpiece for me.”


Theo’s mouthpieces give me everything I want out of my saxophone sound. My GAIA on Soprano has the rich, dark tone of my dreams. The Chuck Levin’s “MARGE” Special Edition on alto and tenor give me total flexibility and an effortless altissimo register. The golden DURGA on bari booms like thunder, but is light as a feather when I need it!


Nii Akwei Adoteye is a multi-instrumentalist, educator, composer and arranger in the Baltimore/Washington DC region. The founder of 11th Hour Music, a private music education company with students across the East Coast, Nii Akwei’s students have auditioned their way into the nation’s top music schools including The University of Miami, Berklee College of Music, NYU, Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, University of Michigan, University of Maryland and Shenandoah Conservatory. His students are also fixtures at regional and statewide audition-only ensembles. As a performer, Nii Akwei has shared the stage with many of the world’s finest jazz artists including Sean Jones, Kenny Garrett, Anne Hampton-Calloway, Kurt Elling, John D’Earth, Shelly Berg and Dave Douglas, Emmet Cohen, Branford Marsalis, and the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. As a composer and arranger, Nii Akwei has received commissions to write for the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra, the Frost School of Music, and the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. He was also the winner of the ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award in 2013 and 2014. 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 completed a second Master of Music at the University of Miami in Studio Jazz Writing in 2013. He completed his Bachelor of Music degree – in Jazz Studies and Classical Saxophone Performance – at Christopher Newport University in 2008. During his studies, Nii Akwei won the University Concerto Competition every year he was eligible to compete, while also gaining awards at state music conferences and the North Sea Jazz Festival.
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Q:What is your internal experience when you feel REALLY connected to the music?
A:Playing, teaching, and writing music is my way of connecting my consciousness with the world. When I play, I feel as though my soul is awash in the energy of universe. I feel as though my bandmates, the audience, and I are connected in a way that defies spoken language. When I teach – and I am able to guide a young (or not so young) musician to better understand and make music – I feel like I am playing my part in the great lineage of musicians and teachers that have created the sonic landscape that accompanies life. When I compose, I feel like I get the opportunity to present my personality to the world in a way that is hard to define but instantly recognizable.


  • M.M. – University of Miami (Studio Jazz Writing)
  • M.M. – University of Miami (Jazz Pedagogy)
  • B.M. – Christopher Newport University (Saxophone Performance; Jazz Studies)





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