Jaimeo Brown will perform African American songs, sampling spirituals and work songs and the earliest American music. Between sets, these musicians will also collaborate with Jamaal May and Adriana E. Ramírez for a jazz and poetry interlude.
Jaimeo Brown Drums and electronics www.jaimeobrown.com
Jaimeo Brown (pronounced jah-mayo) began his drum career at age 16 with his father bassist Dartanyan Brown and mother pianist and woodwind specialist, Marcia Miget, and drum teacher, Sly Randolph, himself a Bernard Purdie protégé from Harlem. In the last 20 years, he has worked with a range of musicians including Stevie Wonder, Carlos Santana, Q-Tip, Carl Craig, Bobby Hutcherson, Greg Osby, Joe Locke, David Murray, and several other New York based musicians. He gained extensive experience performing and educating various audiences around the world as an ambassador for the US State Department. In addition to onstage work, Jaimeo contributed program material for the Oscar and Grammy award winning documentary ‘Twenty Feet From Stardom’ and the PBS original production of Ralph Ellison’s ‘King of the Bingo Game.’ As the Director of Transcending Arts, Jaimeo is a passionate educator. He has given countless hours in community service in urban NJ and NY giving lessons to kids through programs such as NJPAC, New City Kids.
Chris Sholar Guitar and electronics https://www.chrissholar.com/about
Producer Chris Sholar is one of the most in-demand guitar players in the world of Hip-hop and R&B. He has worked with the top names in the music industry ranging from Kanye West to Stevie Wonder. In 2001 he graduated William Paterson University with a B.A. degree in music. Later that year he began touring with Q-tip (A Tribe Called Quest) as guitarist and musical director.
“Playing for Q-tip was like earning my degree in Hip Hop Music”.
As a young budding musician Chris caught the attention of legendary music producer Jus Blaze. Working with Jus gave Chris the opportunity to write, produce and record for major artists such as Ne-Yo, Mariah Carey, Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg. Soon after Chris produced European international artists Max Herre and Joy Denalane. Max’s album debuted #1 on the billboard charts. A list of artists that Chris Sholar has worked with: Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Jack White, Solange, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, T.I, Anderson .Paak, Frank Ocean, Snoop Dogg, Q-Tip, Stevie Wonder, Jazmine Sullivan, Ne-Yo, Whitney Houston, Robert Glasper, D’angelo, John Legend, Common, Raphael Saadiq, Mary J Blige, Lalah Hathaway, Gregory Porter, Anthony Hamilton, Grace, Aaradhna, Alice Smith,The Dream, Busta Rhymes, Mos Def, Jus Blaze, Rodney Jerkins, Dr. Dre, Fonzworth Bently, A Tribe Called Quest.
Jaleel Shaw – alto sax and electronics https://www.jaleelshaw.com/welcome/
Alto & Soprano saxophonist, Jaleel Shaw, won the 2014 Downbeat Critics Poll’s for Rising Star Alto Saxophonist. He is a longtime member of the Roy Haynes Quartet, Tom Harrell’s “Colors Of A Dream” and has performed with Christian McBride, Jason Moran, the Mingus Big Band, Pat Metheny, Stefon Harris, Roy Hargrove, Chick Corea, Dave Holland, Jimmy Cobb and several others. Born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, Shaw picked up the alto saxophone and surrounded himself with music at an early age. Immersing himself in the local jazz scene, he studied and performed with many of the city’s great musicians and educators and, following high school, received a full-tuition scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, where he received a dual degree in Music Education and Performance. While at Berklee, Shaw was awarded the Billboard Endowed Scholarship for Outstanding Academic and Musical achievement (1998), Woodwind Department Chair Awards (1998 & 2000), The Boston Jazz Society Award (1999) and The Outstanding Student Teacher Award (2000). He later received a scholarship to Manhattan School of Music in New York, where he obtained a Masters Degree in Jazz Performance.
Jamaal May’s book Hum has won the Beatrice Hawley Award, the ALA Notable Book Award, and was a finalist for the NAACP Image award. His second collection is The Big Book of Exit Strategies and he has also published two chapbooks, The God Engine and The Whetting of Teeth. His poetry has appeared in Poetry, The Believer, Ploughshares, New England Review and The Kenyon Review. He has also been a recipient of the Kenyon Review Fellowship at Kenyon College, Bread Loaf, Callaloo and the Civitella Ranieri Fellowship. He is the series editor, graphic designer and filmmaker for the Organic Weapon Arts Chapbook and Video Series.
Malcolm Friend is a poet originally from the Rainier Beach neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. He received his BA from Vanderbilt University, and his MFA from the University of Pittsburgh. He is the author of the chapbook mxd kd mixtape (Glass Poetry, 2017) and the full length collection Our Bruises Kept Singing Purple (Inlandia Books, 2018).
Adriana E. Ramírez is a Mexican-Colombian writer, critic, and performance poet based in Pittsburgh. She won the inaugural PEN/Fusion Emerging Writers Prize in 2015 for her novella-length work of nonfiction, Dead Boys (Little A, 2016), and in 2016 she was named Critic at Large for the Los Angeles Times Book Section. Her essays and poems have also appeared in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Guernica/PEN America, Literary Hub, Convolution, HEArt, Apogee, and on Nerve.com. Once a nationally ranked slam poet, she cofounded the Pittsburgh Poetry Collective and continues to perform on stages around the country. She and novelist Angie Cruz founded Aster(ix) Journal, a literary journal giving voice to the censored and the marginalized. Her debut full-length work of nonfiction, The Violence, is forthcoming from Scribner.