All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » RiShon Odel

RiShon Odel RiShon Odel

RiShon Odel Northington is perhaps one of the most creative talents in this era; he is currently tours with 3x-time Grammy-Nominated Saxophonist NAJEE whose last 3 singles have rode the Billboard Top 10 in two categories, Smooth Jazz and R&B. As part of NAJEE’S 2-year 5-Star band (Ticketmaster), Odel is a member of the International Society of Bassists and endorses DR “Black Beauties” Strings; along with other bassists like Marcus Miller, Thaddeus Tribbett, Sting, Mike Harrington and more. In addition, Odel has traveled and recorded with a pastiche of great artists throughout his career, such as: Marvin Winans, Phil Perry, Me’Lisa Morgan, Donnie McClurkin, Special Gift and (Love & Hip-Hop star) “Stevie J” Jordan… (see bottom for extended list)

While still pursuing a Sociology degree at a SUNY College, Odel burst onto the music scene in 2006 with an arco bass piece performed at the opening of the JoAnn Faletta International Guitar Competition alongside the Buffalo Select Chorus. Having authored his first instructional Book of Bass Volume 1(Dorrance Publishing), and conducted his first orchestra in 2009 and in the same year was nominated “Best Classical Musician” by Artvoice magazine. Odel has composed music for the Eastman String Quartet, Buffalo State College Symphonic Band and The Ieda String Ensemble; which he used to score the film “Less Than Perfect,” produced by film legend Reuben Santiago. In 2010, Odel released a DVD documentary on Jazz History which is available in the SUNY Interlibrary loan system under both History and Criticism. The DVD features band members of the late Charles Mingus’ tour band.

Read more


”Terrific piano trio ... plays contemporary jazz with very creative bassist.” ​-Tom McCarter, KZSU Stanford

“... swings with excitement... Kemp is richly expansive ... Northington bends the strings with authority... whole team is romantic over Hulett's snazzy drum work... anything but the expected piano trio.” -George W. Harris, LA Jazz Weekly

Primary Instrument


Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced

Clinic/Workshop Information

The typical RiShon Odel consists of lessons of what actually happens in real life gigging situations, both musically and professionally speaking.


Album DLNA featuring Elan Trotman by RiShon Odel

DLNA featuring Elan...

Self Produced



Shop Amazon

All About Jazz needs your support

All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.