Jawwaad Taylor is a trumpeter, composer, producer, educator, and social activist.
He is a founding member of the group Shape of Broad Minds, whose critically-acclaimed album, Craft of the Lost Ark, brought Taylor international attention. Taylor performs with jazz, free jazz, and improvisers, as well as hip hop artists, from around the world. As co-founder and producer of the band, The Young Mothers, he merges modern jazz, improvisation, hip hop, indie rock, and Afro-grooves. He collaborates regularly with and performs with MacArthur Fellow Carrie Mae Weems and other visual artists, and combines his compositions with their visual work.
Taylor’s list of performances includes countless national and international festivals such as the Hove Festival, Sonar Festival, Meltdown Festival, and the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Taylor is an alumnus at the Red Bull Music Academy and is committed to his hometown of Houston, TX. There, he studied and participated in workshops with Pauline Oliveros, and was a member of the Deep Listening Institute and Nameless Sound. He attended Prairie View A&M University.
The New York-based cultural philanthropy organization Creative Capital just awarded Jawwaad Taylor a $100,000 prize for the production of a new sculpture and music performance. Start With Self, Taylor's project, is based on his research and experience with sonic healing as a sickle cell anemia survivor.
For this performance, Jawwaad will be leading a trio together with Ichikara Valdez on electronics and Jonathan Hulett on Drums.