Texas Tech University

School of Music Hosts Annual Jazz Festival Concert

Shannon Sears

April 4, 2018

Jaleel Shaw

The 51st annual Texas Tech Jazz Festival concert will feature saxophone artist Jaleel Shaw.

The Texas Tech University School of Music, housed within the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, will host its annual Jazz Festival evening concert featuring the Texas Tech Jazz Ensembles and guest artist Jaleel Shaw.

The performance is at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (April 7) and will be hosted in the Allen Theatre of the Texas Tech Student Union Building. Stephen Jones, director of jazz studies in the School of Music, will provide musical direction. The program will feature compositions by Shaw and Jones as well as contemporary works of large- and small-group jazz.

Shaw, an alto and soprano saxophonist, is presently a member of the Roy Haynes Quartet, Tom Harrell's “Colors of a Dream” and the Mingus Big Band. He also has performed with artists including Christian McBride, Dave Holland and Jimmy Cobb. 

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Shaw constantly was surrounded by music and picked up the alto saxophone at an early age. He immersed himself in the local jazz scene, studying and performing with many of the great musicians and educators that the city has historically produced.

After graduating high school, Shaw received a full-tuition scholarship to attend the Berklee College of Music in Boston, where he received a dual degree in music education and performance and many awards and achievements. He received a scholarship to the Manhattan School of Music in New York City where he obtained his master's degree in jazz performance.

Shaw's debut album “Perspective” received rave reviews from The New York Times and Jazzwise Magazine. All About Jazz named the album one of the top five debut albums of 2005. In 2006, Shaw joined the Roy Haynes Quartet and was featured on the legendary drummer's Grammy-nominated album “Whereas.”

In 2008, Shaw founded his label, Changu Records, on which he released his second album, “Optimism.” In 2013, he released a new album of original compositions, “The Soundtrack of Things to Come.” The album features a working quartet and has been well-received by many publications.

Tickets for the concert are available either at the door prior to the performance, or at the School of Music's website.

General admission tickets are $15, while senior and non-Texas Tech student tickets are $10. The concert will be free to festival participants, Texas Tech students with a valid student ID and children under the age of 12.

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