Born and raised in Chicago, Jawad’s two main musical influences were jazz and blues. He left the inner-city urban environment for the Big Sky Country of Montana to pursue a higher education. In Montana, Jawad was influenced by folk, country and bluegrass music. Over the years he developed a unique, distinctive vocal style that is smooth, fresh and exciting.
His diverse repertoire includes many of his original songs, along with the music of artist like Sting, Duke Ellington, U2, Phil Collins, Marvin Gaye, Billy Joel, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles, B.B. King, Al Jarreau, Bob Marley, Steely Dan and many others.
Jawad’s style and stage presence can enhance the atmosphere of any event or venue. His music works well in restaurants, hotels, cafes, bookstores, country clubs, coffee houses, receptions, banquets, art exhibits, weddings, private parties, college campuses, or conventions. Along with the above mentioned, Jawad has a line of shows designed for Education and History presentations. Among these is his work with: the “Young Audiences of Houston;” vocalist, actress, poet, educator “Kijana Wiseman;” and his music history presentation, “The Roots of American Music.”
Whether as a Soloist, or with a Duo or Trio; the musical sounds of Jawad features the sensational sounds of saxophonist, Ken Mondshine, and the irrepressible grooves of percussionist, Samuel Dinkins, III; who can also be heard on Jawad’s debut CD, “The Collected Soul.”
This class act has opened for national acts such as Dizzy Gillespie, Gerarld Albright, Alex Bugnon, The Manhattans, Patricia Barber, Michael Brecker, Norman Conners and Paul Taylor. During his performance he vocationally reminds us that, “Your listening to the smooth sounds of Jawad, where the music makes you feel good.”
Jazz - "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain"