Musician and Entrepreneur
Extraordinary, soulful, and multi-talented musician Ashley Keiko has been showcasing her smooth jazz saxophone tones across genres of Hip-Hop, R&B, Pop, and Gospel worldwide.
Ashley Keiko is an up-and-coming saxophonist, composer, singer/songwriter, and entrepreneur who has studied classical piano, and alto saxophone, and has taught music for many years. Ashley has performed at major venues such as the Apollo Theater in New York City and Wollongong University in Australia. She has also performed for Steve Harvey, on the nationally syndicated TV game show, Family Feud. Ashley’s performance experience includes participation as lead saxophonist for the York College Blue Notes and for venues such as Minton’s Playhouse in Harlem and Live at the Gantries. Her debut album, “Pursuit of Harmony”, was released in November of 2020, which features Ashley’s originals and covers of classics, while displaying her smooth jazz saxophone tones across genres of hip hop, R&B, pop, and gospel. The album also features Ashley’s newly debuted soothing and serene vocals.
Ashley received her Masters degree in Music and Music Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. While at Columbia University, Ashley also studied abroad at The Arts College at Xiamen University, Fujian Province, China, where she practiced music and reflected on the ways in which culture, language, and the arts intersect in a trans-cultural world. Prior to her graduate coursework and study abroad, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance at the School of Jazz and Contemporary Music at The New School.
Alongside her roles as performer, music educator, and music advocate, Ashley expanded her music academy, Keiko Studios, in January 2018 with the grand opening of a storefront location that caters to adults and children who aim to explore the importance of music and music expression. Ashley’s academy supports communities where opportunities for music education are limited. Since the opening, the academy has been featured on Now This News and has been recognized by both of Ashley’s alma maters.
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"When I started using my Theo Wanne Earth mouthpiece I felt so liberated!"
The opportunity to work with an ethical clothing brand like LEE was so rewarding for Ashley. This campaign was dedicated to International Women's Month,' a celebration of female entrepreneurship. Ashley shared her unique story with LEE and demonstrated how different fabrics can tell all kinds of different empowering stories!
"My passion for music and giving back to my community is what fuels my entrepreneurial spirit. As an entrepreneur, having a top-notch school with quality programming in the community fills a huge void. Music is a universal language and I believe in its positive impact on the human soul. As an entrepreneur, I'm truly making a difference in the lives of others."
Ashley is proud to have been a part of the #ShineDifferent campaign from 'Creme of Nature.' Along with other empowered women, Ashley demonstrated her musical talent and beauty with Creme of Nature's excellent hair care products that are made for all kinds of natural hair. Ashley is honored to be a part of the #ShineDifferent community.
"As a brand, we are inspired not only by the achievements that our curl-friends make in connection to their haircare journeys .. we are also inspired by those in our base who is captivating so many by walking in their true purpose. The problem is that many of these special people are sometimes unsung in popular media .... we're here to change that!" - 'Cream of Nature'
Yamaha Music is the world’s largest musical instrument manufacturer and to be partnered with its brand is a prestige Ashley holds dear. Yamaha’s saxophones lend themselves to a “combination of expressiveness, response and control” elevating Ashley’s voice as a musician. Ashley demonstrates the expressiveness and beautiful tone quality of the YAS82ZII model in a series of short videos made for Yamaha’s TikTok platform.
“I love the freedom and flexibility my YAS82ZII gives me. The intonation across all registers of the saxophone is top notch, which allows me to move freely without any inhibition.”