Who's Jaared?

Jaared was born in Washington, D.C., and was raised in Bedford, VA, where he began studying the saxophone at the age of seven. Jaared, who suffered from childhood asthma, took up the sax at the recommendation of his doctor. Playing a wind instrument might seem like the last thing that an asthmatic would want to do, but in fact, Jaared's doctor urged him to do exactly that in order to strengthen his lungs. One listen proves those doctors correct! 

Heavily influenced by David Sanborn, he is an alto, soprano, and tenor saxophonist who has focused primarily on smooth jazz and crossover jazz, from the ‘90s and the new millennium! Grover Washington, Jr., Nelson Rangell, Ronnie Laws, and George Howard are but a few of Jaared’s inspirators. Jaared enjoys playing other types of instrumental music, including fusion, soul-jazz, post-bop, and he is no stranger to R&B, but slick, polished, and easygoing smooth jazz is the style for which he is best known, especially in jazz circles.  Jaared has toured with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Freddie Jackson, Angela Bofil, and Peter White.

Jaared's debut album, was released on Marimelj/Lightyear in 2001. Each one of his following releases -- Hangtime (2002), Addiction (2008), and Manhattan Nights (2010) -- was commercially successful, and has garnered Jaared numerous #1 hits across the globe.