During his time in Boston Jaleel received the Billboard Endowed Scholarship for Outstanding Academic and Musical achievement (1998), two Woodwind Dept. Chair Awards, The Outstanding Student Teacher Award, and The Boston Jazz Society Award (1999). After graduating from Berklee, Jaleel received a scholarship to attend the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, where he received his Masters in Jazz Performance in May of 2002. While at the Manhattan School of Music, Jaleel was recruited by both the Mingus Big Band and Count Basie Orchestra.
Jaleel appears on two Grammy Nominated CD’s by the Mingus Big Band – “Tonight at Noon” and “I Am Three”. A year after finishing his graduate studies, Jaleel joined Temple University as a part-time private lesson and ensemble instructor. From Temple, Jaleel joined the New School University in NY, teaching private saxophone lessons. Today, Jaleel still takes part in many jazz education programs in the US and abroad. After being in New York for 5 yrs, Jaleel’s debut CD “Perspective” was released in June 2005 to raved reviews from Jazzwise Magazine and The New York Times.
It was named one of the top 5 debut CD’s of 2005 by All About Jazz Magazine, Jazzwise Magazine, and the Jazz Journalist Association. In the Fall of 2005, Jaleel joined world renown drummer Roy Haynes’ Quartet and recorded the Grammy Nominated CD “Whereas” with the group for the Dreyfus Label. In the beginning of 2008, Jaleel launched his on record label - Changu Records, on which he released his second CD - Optimism. In the Summer of 2008, Jaleel was nominated as one of the Up and Coming Jazz Musicians of the year by the Jazz Journalist Association. Today Jaleel continues to perform primarily in 3 groups – The Roy Haynes Quartet, the Mingus Big Band, and his own Quartet and Quintet. Read more on Last.fm.
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