Written by Patrick Jarenwattananon from WBGO-FM
Alto saxophonist Jaleel Shaw keeps good company. He tours with Roy Haynes, the living legend of jazz drums. He grew up in the Philadelphia music community, where new creative ferment in black pop music abutted multiple generations of jazz elders. He knows the music of Charles Mingus quite well from playing in the Mingus Big Band. And, clearly, his company likes having him around: He’s become one of the most in-demand players in New York.
Shaw returns to his alma mater, Berklee College of Music, for this installment of The Checkout: Live. WBGO and NPR Music present a live radio broadcast and video webcast of the Jaleel Shaw Quartet at Boston’s Cafe 939, starting at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, Feb. 7. For the full concert archive of this series, visit npr.org/checkoutlive.