Devoted to the Standard is a band united by a deep love and affinity for the jazz standard.
Like a rare gem set in the perfect ring, the exhilaratingly inventive and compelling singer Ayo Awosika is anchored and enhanced by a dynamic, emphatic rhythm and horn section.
These musicians revel in an authentic fluency with the jazz vernacular in all its spontaneity, joy, and passion.
A NEW VOICE IN JAZZ Devoted to the Standard was formed by pianist Scott Martin to feature singer Ayo Awosika and a group of talented musicians performing the classic songs of the jazz tradition with the essential feel and melodicism the lyrics imply and inspire.
Scott has worked as a studio musician, writer, and producer in NYC with Carly Simon, Mariah Carey, and Steps Ahead featuring Michael Brecker and Dianne Reeves. Ayo attended the Berklee College of Music, has studied with Ellis Marsalis and shared the stage with Richie Havens, Esperanza Spalding, Peter Eldridge of New York Voices, and members of Tower of Power.