Amari Ansari was born into a musical family and began playing the alto saxophone at the age of nine. The Alabama native comes from a rich history of jazz and blues. He credits his earliest interest in music to Alabama jazz saxophonist and educator Dr. Frank Adams Sr. Now a New Orleans entertainer, his professional career has centered around performing, composing, education, and touring. He was the recipient of the University of New Orleans Ellis Marsalis Jazz Scholarship where he received his B.A. and Master’s Degree in Music. He is a member of the Grammy award-winning New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and an active jazz arranger. He has been featured on Late Night and several American television series including HBO’s Treme.
Since 2011, he has actively performed with NEA Jazz Master Delfeayo Marsalis and his Uptown Jazz Orchestra, as well as toured internationally with the Alabama southern-soul band St. Paul & the Broken Bones. He has toured through North America, Europe, South Africa, Australasia and has shared the stage with Stevie Wonder, Solange Knowles, Dee Dee Bridgewater, The O’Jays, and many more. In 2018 he earned the Ernest and Shirley Svensen Jazz Composition award from the University of New Orleans. His musical voice is deeply rooted in soul music and his influences include saxophonists Maceo Parker, Luther Vandross, Frank Ocean and Johnny Hodges. He is currently in the process of recording several works of original compositions to be released this year.