Winning praise from critics and colleagues alike, Sly5thAve is the project of multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, producer and Grammy award-winning horns player Sylvester Uzoma Onyejiaka II, whose sophisticated compositions are shaped by his faith in hip-hop, and deep understanding of soul and jazz.
Sly5thAve released his most impressive LP to date – The Invisible Man: An Orchestral Tribute to Dr. Dre. (Tru Thoughts, 2017) The album was first devised as a benefit concert at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in L.A. which was attended by Dr. Dre who took to the stage to thank Sly5thAve’s arrangements. Sly5thAve went on to refine twenty-three large-ensemble arrangements from the show on this recording which has been met with glowing praise. When describing the project, Okayplayer said “This is a project that you should play on repeat and school the younglings to the truth… arguably Sly5thAve’s best record to date.”
Sly5thAve received his formal training at the University of North Texas, where he performed with ensembles and earned feature roles on recordings like the Grammy-nominated “Lab 2009” with the One O’Clock Lab Band. Sly5thave tours the world as part of Quantic’s live band and spends much of his time as well as working on multiple projects with Ghost Note (formed from two members of Snarky Puppy) and IGBO.