|Birth name||Jamey George Haddad|
July 2, 1952|
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
|Genres||Jazz, world music|
|Instruments||Drums, percussion, goblet drum, kanjira|
Haddad is of Lebanese ancestry. From the age of four, he began playing Lebanese percussion instruments, such as the goblet drum. He later studied music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He lived in New York City for over 20 years. In 2002, he and his family moved to Shaker Heights, Ohio. He teaches at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, Ohio. He is also artistic director of the Friday's at 7 series at Cleveland's Severance Hall. This series features the Cleveland Orchestra and a secondary performance of folk artists from around the world.
For five years, Haddad studied Carnatic music, a form of Indian classical music, with Ramnad Raghavan. Then he received a Fulbright Fellowship, which allowed him to study Indian drums, including the kanjira, in South India for one more year. Haddad is the 2010 recipient of the Cleveland Arts Prize. He has received four National Endowment for the Arts fellowships to pursue jazz and international studies and collaborations.
Haddad performed with Paul Simon when Simon was the first recipient in 2007 of the Gershwin Prize. Haddad has collaborated and performed with Simon since 1998. He has also worked with the Paul Winter Consort, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Allen Farnham, Carly Simon, Betty Buckley, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Simon Shaheen, Marbin, Trichy Sankaran, Osvaldo Golijov, Nguyên Lê, Badi Assad, Steve Shehan, Esperanza Spalding, Elliot Goldenthal, Sergio and Odair Assad, Daniel Schnyder, Nancy Wilson, the Wayfaring Strangers, Steve Gadd, and Laszlo Gardony. He appears on more than 150 recordings.
Haddad was professor at the Berklee College of Music from 1992 to 2010. Since 2011, he has been a professor of performance and improvisation of percussion at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. He was made a faculty member at the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2005.
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With Joanne Brackeen
- Pink Elephant Magic (Arkadia Jazz, 1998)
With Badi Assad
- Echoes of Brazil (Chesky Records, 1997)