AZA is a multi-instrumentalist who is deeply rooted in music from the African Diaspora. He grew up listening to gospel, reggae, soca, blues, soul, and jazz and all of these genres have had a profound influence on the development of his musical style.
He was fortunate to not only develop a unique ear for mixing elements of different genres together, but to also have a firm foundation in music theory as well as formal studies of gospel and jazz music in college and was awarded MIT’s Emerson Scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music .has released multiple projects of his original music.
He has performed at venues such as Jazz at the Lincoln Center, Arts at the Armory, Regattabar, and The Middle East and has released multiple projects of his original music.. He is the co-founder of Renaissance Entertainment, LLC a company aimed at combining music, science, and community building to create a more conscious and empathic culture.
AZA studied in the MD/PhD program at Harvard Medical School. He finished his PhD in Neuroscience at MIT in 2016 and his MD in 2019. He received his B.S. in Biology from North Carolina Central University where he also received minors in Philosophy and Jazz studies for piano and vocal performance. He practices and teaches meditation and mindfulness and is currently a resident physician in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University where he leads The AZA Lab.