Jaleel Shaw

Jaleel Shaw, alto saxophonist, is currently a member of the Roy Haynes Quartet, Charles Mingus Big Band, and performs in various clubs in New York City and abroad with various groups, including the Jaleel Shaw Quintet.

Jaleel grew up in Philadelphia, PA, where he studied with saxophonist Rayburn Wright, Robert Landham, and jazz instructor Lovette Hines, whose students have included Christian McBride and Joey Defrancesco.

Jaleel had many mentors in Philadelphia, including John Blake, Byard Lancaster, Alfie Pollit, and Grover Washington Jr. Jaleel attended the High School for Creative & Performing Arts and later transferred and graduated from George Washington High School.

Upon graduating from high school, he received a full tuition scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. Jaleel attended Berklee for four years and earned a dual degree in Music Education and Performance in 2000. While attending Berklee, he received the Billboard Endowed Scholarship for Outstanding Academic and Musical achievement (1998), two Woodwind Dept. Chair Awards, The Outstanding Student Teacher Award, and The Boston Jazz Society Award (1999).

Upon graduating from Berklee, Jaleel received a scholarship to attend the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he received his Masters in Jazz Performance in May, 2002. He was also a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition that year. Jaleel has performed internationally in Australia, China, London, Paris, Italy, Finland, Africa, Scotland, Amsterdam, Austria, Spain, and Portugal, as well as many cities in the U.S.

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”Where jazz is going, folks like alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw will be steering the way.” -The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw is especially promising, the real thing... a tough personal player... not a bebop revivalist.” - The Chicago Tribune

“Mr. Shaw has a strong voice and an acute temperament.” - The New York Times

“... plays with seductive melodicism.” -The Washington Post

“...a fiery young alto player.” -The Scottsman (Scotland)

“...an articulate powerhouse player.” -The Ottawa Citizen (Canada)

“Shaw reveals an awesome control and command of the alto saxophone..

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, alto

Location

New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Jaleel Shaw received his Bachelors in Music Education and Performance. He also holds a Masters degree in Performance from the Manhattan School of Music. Jaleel taught Improv, Ensembles, and private saxophhone lessons from 2003 - 2006 and Temple University and he currently teaches private lessons through the New School University.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Clinics range from Practice techniques, Large and Small Ensemble group concepts, The Music Business, Composition, the Saxophone, and Jazz History.

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Albums

Kinfolk 2: See The...

Edition Records
2021

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The Soundtrack of...

Changu Records
2013

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Clockstopper

Longlife Records
2012

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Optimism

Changu Records
2008

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Perspective

Fresh Sound Records
2005

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The Flipside

From: Optimism
By Jaleel Shaw

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