Birmingham legend, Steve Ajao grew up listening to his father’s record collection which included Lightnin’ Hopkins, Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery, T Bone Walker, BB King, and Buddy Guy. He was immersed in the best of blues, R&B and jazz long before the British Blues Boom of the early 1960s.
Steve developed into a hard working blues guitarist and singer and performed constantly across pubs and colleges throughout the 1970s. He also taught himself the saxophone and grew to be in huge demand as a Bebop sax player on the jazz scene whilst simultaneously being known as a blues man.
In the 1980s Steve found himself playing more and more in London. With the decade’s resurgence of interest in jazz he played in The Wag Club, Dingwalls, Ronnie Scott’s and at Brighton’s Concorde Club with Charlie Parker’s trumpet player Red Rondney.