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Jaleel Shaw launched his own record label Changu Records, on which he released his sophomore recording Optimism: Video

11.02. – Happy Birthday !!! 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.

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