Joseph OmicilJr. “Jowee O” was born in Montreal, Canada, of Haitian descent.
He began playing the Alto Saxophone at the age of 15 as part of the music ministry
in his father’s church.
Just three short years following his introduction to the Alto, Jowee was accepted
at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston where he majored in Music Education.
There he added the Soprano Sax to his arsenal.
He shared the stage with many like, Branford Marsalis, Richard Bona, Mike Stern,
Marcus Miller, Pharoah Sanders, Jeff Tain Watts, Wyclef Jean and Marlon Saunders
to name a few.
he devoted many hours helping young people as a tutor and mentor for their musical
growth. He later went on to further his education as he entered the Thelonius Monk
Institute among the 20 “hand-picked” around the US and was featured on BET Jazz.
His 2009 release of “Roots & Grooves,” has garnered Omicil deserving accolades and
expanded his international audience.
Recording in Paris a collective project July 15-18:
Paco Séry, Jean Phi Dary, Hervé Samb, Alune Wade, Michel Alibo
guests: Roy Hargrove, James Germain, Guy Nsangé
“Naked Haiti” a special project of muti-instrumentalist JOWEE OMICIL with the following
photo by Rudy Pierre
AARON GOLDBERG or LEO GENOVESE - piano, JEREMY PELT - trumpet, NAT REEVES - Bass
- FRANCISCO MELA - Drums, SAYCON SENGBLOH or NICOLE HENRY - Vocal, TI WESS & YATENDE
- Percussion Haitian roots-voodoo temboo, JOWEE OMICIL - all Saxophones, band leader
+ SPECIAL GUEST: KENNY GARRETT, PACO SERY or PHAROAH SANDERS.
Jowee is also available in Quartet with: Nat Reeves, Aaron Goldberg, Francesco
Mela, Jowee Omicil + special Guest Paco Sery depending on availability