AZA is a first-generation American who grew up in Trinidad before living in a number of different states on the east coast. He is a multi-instrumentalist who is deeply rooted in the experience of music from the African Diaspora. He engaged in formal studies of jazz music in college and as a PhD student was awarded MIT’s Emerson Scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music and has released multiple projects of his original music.
He teaches music and mindfulness as tools that help enhance empathy, social justice, health equity, and wellness. To that end, he co-founded Renaissance Entertainment LLC, a company that operates at the intersection of music, science, and community building to promote a culture of wellness.
He attended North Carolina Central University, an HBCU, for college as well as the Harvard/MIT MD PhD program. He currently does research and provides clinical care as a resident in the Department of Psychiatry at Yale University.