JAWWAAD is a trumpeter, composer, producer, educator, and hip hop artist. He is a founding member of the group, Shape of Broad Minds, whose critically acclaimed album, “Craft of the Lost Art,” brought him international attention. He is the co-founder and producer of the band, The Young Mothers, which merges modern jazz, improvisation, hip hop, indie rock and caterwauling afro-grooves.
Like artists T-Boz, Prodigy, and allegedly Miles Davis, JAWWAAD faces the challenges of sickle cell disease. He channels this personal challenge and uses it to transform his works into provocative and thought-provoking lyrics, sounds, and music.
JAWWAAD continues to collaborate with MacArthur Fellow Carrie Mae Weems. He performed in and composed pieces for her productions, “Grace Notes: A Reflection for Now” and "The Shape of Things." He has performed at countless national and international festivals such as the Hove Festival, Sonar Festival, Meltdown Festival and the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival.
JAWWAAD is a Red Bull Music Academy alumni, and is committed to his hometown of Houston, Texas. There, he studied and participated in workshops with Pauline Oliveros, and was a member of the Deep Listening Institute and Nameless Sound. He teaches music to displaced youth and children impacted by mass incarceration and undocumented immigration status.