Nolan Shaheed

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Nolan Shaheed while setting the M60 1500 metres in the Southern California Striders "Meet of Champions" at Cerritos College in Norwalk, California

Nolan Shaheed (born Nolan Andrew Smith, Jr.,[1][2] July 18, 1949 in Pasadena, California) is a jazz musician, specializing in the cornet and trumpet, and a world record holding masters athlete. It has been said he can "blow your socks off" in either endeavor.[3]

Masters athletics[edit]

Shaheed has been in the masters world rankings over various middle distance races since he turned 40. He was the second 50-year-old to break the 2 minute barrier in the 800 metres where he holds the current world record.[4] He added the M50 world record in the Mile run and since turning 60 has added the world record in the 800 metres and 1500 metres.[5] Indoors he holds the world records in the mile in all age divisions between M50 and M60, plus was part of the M50 4x800 m relay team.[6] Domestically he has added the indoor M55 and M60 1500m records and M50, M55, M60 records in the 3000 meters.[7]


As Nolan Smith,[8] he began his musical career in 1974, rising to be a top studio musician. He was musical director for Marvin Gaye, lead trumpet with Count Basie and has an extensive resume of other acts he has worked with including: Natalie Cole, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Phil Collins, Anita Baker,[3] Carole King, Tom Waits, John Handy, David Byrne, Raymond Harry Brown, Freddie Hubbard and Niki Nana.[9][10]


External links[edit]

Interview with Nolan Shaheed