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Jaleel Shaw: Creating a Soundtrack for Life

Video interview from The Jazz Cruise 2013

Jaleel Shaw, Chicago Jazz Festival 2012

During the 2013 Jazz Cruise, JazzTimes set up a make-shift video production studio in one of the cabins on the MS Westerdam. Throughout the week, a succession of artists-including Karrin Allyson, Julian Lage, Sean Jones, Terell Stafford, New York Voices, Joey DeFrancesco and many others-came in to talk about the cruise, jazz education and their own projects. You can see more of these video interviews at the JazzTimes YouTube channel.

In this set of video interviews from The Jazz Cruise 2013, saxophonist Jaleel Shaw talks about his early musical education-including his first instrument, his first paid gig, his teachers and mentors and his formal music education. Shaw, who was on the Jazz Cruise performing with Roy Haynes & the Fountain of Youth band, shared his thoughts on working with the legendary drummer. And Shaw discussed his new album, his third as a leader. The album, The Soundtrack of Things to Come, features Shaw with pianist Lawrence Fields, bassist Boris Kozlov and drummer Johnathan Blake, and was released in March 2013 on the Changu record label.

For more information about Shaw and his music, go to his website,

Jaleel Shaw on his first instrument, his music education, his mentors and his first paid gig:

Jaleel Shaw on The Jazz Cruise

Jaleel Shaw on Roy Haynes

Jaleel Shaw on his new album

Interview by Irene Lee. Video production by Lee Mergner.

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