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To celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, we are really excited to present Jaleel Shaw, who has been a long standing member of the Roy Haynes Quartet, the Mingus Big Band and recently joined Tom Harrell’s Color of a Dream band. 

A bandleader in his own right, Jaleel’s solo recordings have been met with rave reviews from publications including The New York Times, Downbeat Magazine, and Jazztimes Magazine. 

In Jazztimes Magazine’s 2011 Readers Poll, he was mentioned as Alto Saxophonist of the Year along with legendary saxophonists Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Bunky Green, and Kenny Garrett. 

Jaleel is a force to be reckoned with and is noted as one of the most influential alto saxophonists of his generation. 

Jaleel has performed and recorded with the likes of Clark Terry, Roy Hargrove, The Mingus Big Band, Christian McBride, Chick Corea, Jason Moran, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Arturo Sandoval, Nicholas Payton, Dave Holland, Jimmy Cobb, the Village Vanguard Orchestra, and the Count Basie Orchestra.

We talked about: 

  • Working with Roy Hargrove and Roy Haynes
  • Main influence when it comes to his sound
  • Jaleel shares Jazz Articulation tips
  • What his composing process looks like
  • One lesson he wants his students to remember the most
  • His under $100 tool he can’t live without
  • and more!


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