Tucson saxophonist Neamen Lyles offers a simple guide: “Nee-Amen,” he replies. “Nee-Amen… with the accent on the “A”. On top of his self-described “brand awareness” efforts, Mr. Lyles’ untiring quest of a musical career on the national stage is paying increasingly handsome dividends. Regular performances with Prime Example, one of southern Arizona’s best-sounding smooth jazz ensembles, keep him busy one or more evenings per week. In recent months, the group has shared the stage with nationally-known musicians Greg Karrukas, Jeff Lorber and others. And, Neamen has also been privileged to share concert billing with another smooth jazz superstar, saxophonist Dave Koz. Neamen’s career seems always to be starting anew, fueled by his fresh, energetic style of playing and his love of music, his fellow musicians and life itself.
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