Jaleel Shaw sees his experiences of growing up in Philadelphia, attending the Berklee School of Music, and breaking out on the New York Jazz scene as all essential to shaping his music. Whether performing live or recording in the studio these influences resonate throughout his work. Shaw provides a wonderful example of how jazz is done right. Critics say he is "the real deal". The Philadelphia-based and Grammy nominated alto saxophonist delivers a level of maturity and awareness inspired by his long tenure with the Mingus Big Band and most recently, the Roy Haynes Quartet.