Music: Kareem Kandi plays The Majestic July 22

Saxophonist Kareem Kandi is a performer, composer, and educator who is in high demand for his talents both on and off the stage. A favorite of Whatcom Jazz Music Art Center audiences, he returns to play with Delvon Lammar on Hammond B-3 and Julian MacDonough on drums at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 22, at The Majestic, 1027 N. Forest St.

Admission is $10 general, $5 students, free for center members.

Growing up in the Northwest with its vibrant music scene allowed Kandi the opportunity to study with, listen to, and perform with world-class jazz artists in the area. Such artists as Tracy Knoop, Jay Thomas, Bill Ramsay and Julian Priester had a large impact on Kareem early in his musical education.

Today, as a performing artist, he spends most of his time leading his group, The Kareem Kandi Band, for which he composes and arranges most of the music. Kandi can also be seen and heard performing as a sideman with many other top-notch acts and projects, notably The Paperboys from Vancouver, B.C.

As an educator, Kandi divides his time teaching jazz improvisation as an artist-in-residence at The Tacoma School of the Arts, directing the award-winning student jazz ensemble at Pierce College, conducting master classes and workshops at schools around the Puget Sound area, and maintaining a full load of private students.

Details: 206-612-5967, wjmac.org.