Jaleel Shaw

Jaleel Shaw (born February 11, 1978) is an American jazz alto saxophonist.

Jaleel Shaw
With Jaimeo Brown Transcendence at INNtöne Jazzfestival on May 19, 2018
With Jaimeo Brown Transcendence at INNtöne Jazzfestival on May 19, 2018
Background information
Born(1978-02-11)February 11, 1978
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Years active2002–present
LabelsFresh Sound, Changu
Associated actsRoy Haynes, Mingus Big Band


Raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Shaw attended Greene Street Friends School,[1] the Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts and graduated from George Washington High School (Philadelphia).

He received a dual degree in Music Education and Performance in 2000 from Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He subsequently attended the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, from which he received a master's degree in Jazz Performance in May 2002. He was a finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition that year.[2] In 2008 he was awarded ASCAP’s 2008 Young Jazz Composer Award.[3]

Shaw released his first CD, Perspective in 2005. It was reviewed as one of the top debut albums of that year by All About Jazz[4] and was deemed a "convincing opening statement in what promises to be an important career".[5] In 2006 Shaw played as a member of the legendary World Saxophone Quartet, appearing on their album Political Blues. In 2008 Shaw released his sophomore recording Optimism. His most recent album, Soundtrack of Things to Come, was released in 2013.

Jaleel Shaw is a member of the Roy Haynes Quartet and the Mingus Big Band.


As leaderEdit

Year recorded Title Label Personnel/Notes
2005 Perspective Fresh Sound Sextet, with Mark Turner (tenor saxophone), Lage Lund (guitar), Robert Glasper (piano), Vicente Archer (bass), and Johnathan Blake (drums)
2008 Optimism Changu Sextet, with Lage Lund (guitar), Robert Glasper (piano), Joe Martin (bass), and Jeremy Pelt (trumpet), Johnathan Blake (drums)
2013 Soundtrack of Things to Come Changu Quartet, with Lawrence Fields (piano), Boris Kozlov (bass), and Johnathan Blake (drums)

As sidemanEdit

Year recorded Leader Title Label
2017 Nate Smith Kinfolk: Postcards from Everywhere Ropadope
2013 Tom Harrell Colors of a Dream HighNote
2011 Roy Haynes Roy-Alty Dreyfus
2011 Ben Williams State of Art Concord
2006 Roy Haynes Whereas Dreyfus


  1. ^ "Greene Street Friends School".
  2. ^ "Past Winners and Judges - Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz". Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Retrieved 18 December 2015.
  3. ^ "2008 ASCAP Foundation Young Jazz Composer Award Recipients Announced". www.ascap.com. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  4. ^ All About Jazz. "AllAboutJazz-New York's Best of 2005". Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  5. ^ All About Jazz. "Jaleel Shaw: Perspective". Retrieved 9 April 2016.