Bio: Jelani comes from a long lineage of jazz musicians that spans five generations. Jelani’s musical training began in New Orleans under the instruction of Ronald Benko, trumpeter with the Louisiana Philharmonic. Jelani’s was accepted into the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts. At NOCCA, Jelani studied with legendary jazz educator Alvin Batiste. Over the years Jelani has taught or appeared with: Nicholas Payton, Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Belgrave, Charles Lewis, Tiger Okoshi, Wessell Anderson, Ralph Peterson, Donald Harrison, Delfeayo Marsalis, Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, Fred Hersch, Wayne Shorter, John Pattitucci, Sean Jones, Mark Whitfield, Jeremy Pelt, Victor Goines, David Murray, and Christian Scott. Jelani attended Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in NY and later received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music, graduating with a B.S. in Professional Music in 2011. Jelani also received his Master’s of Music in Jazz Studies from Michigan State under the direction of world-renowned bassist, Rodney Whitaker. Jelani performed for the Boston Museum of Fine Arts with his Quartet and also performed with his Uncle Jamil Sharif at the 2010 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and has performed at various venues in NYC, such as the Jazz Standar, and Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. In 2009, Jelani was a NFAA Regional Award Winner for Jazz Trumpet. Jelani has also performed at the Domaine Forget Jazz Festival in St. Irene, Quebec and the Detroit International Jazz Festival. Jelani traveled to Italy with the Berklee Global Jazz Institute under the direction of pianist, Danilo Perez and he participated in the Banff Centre Jazz Workshop in Banff, Alberta to work with such people as Vijay Iyer, Esperanza Spalding, Ambrose Akinmusire, Greg Osby and Ravi Coltrane. Jelani is also an up and coming composer and has written works for big band, string quartets, woodwind octets, brass septets, and orchestra. Industry: Entertainment
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