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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.

Jaleel can be heard on recent recordings from the Roy Haynes Quartet, Mingus Big Band, The Either Orchestra, The Count Basie Big Band, and Jeremy Pelt Quartet. He recorded his first Perspective for the Fresh Sound in February of 2004. The CD was released in 2005 and was proclaimed one of the top debut albums of that year by All About Jazz. In 2008, Jaleel launched his own record label Changu Records, on which he released his sophomore recording Optimism.


ASCAP Young Composer Award for " The Heavyweight Champion" - 2006
ASCAP Young Composer Award for " The Flipside" - 2008


Selmer Mark IV Alto Saxophone, Vandoren A6 V16 Mouthpiece, Rico Reeds, Yamaha 62 Soprano, Selmer Mouthpiece, Rico Reeds


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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... The dude really has incredible chops." - Audiophile Auditions

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, alto


New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only


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.



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Red List

Palmetto Records


Kinfolk 2: See The...

Edition Records


Feel The Love

Posi-Tone Records





The Soundtrack of...

Changu Records



Longlife Records


Canopy of Trees

From: Red List
By Jaleel Shaw

The Flipside

From: Optimism
By Jaleel Shaw



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