Kiane Zawadi

Title: Trombone and Euphonium Player
Company: Clifford Jordan Big Band
Location: Brooklyn, New York, United States

Kiane Zawadi, Trombone and Euphonium Player at Clifford Jordan Big Band, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in music performance.

A renowned trombonist of more than 60 years, Mr. Zawadi has led a fulfilling musical career throughout New York City during the height of the jazz era, as well as during the present day. During the 1960s and 1970s, he had been a trombone player for Slide Hampton, James Moody, Benny Golson/Art Farmer, Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra, Joe Henderson, Archie Shepp, Rodney Kendrick, Reggie Workman’s African Brass Ensemble and Aretha Franklin. Likewise, Mr. Zawandi offered his expertise as an instructor at the New Muse Community Museum from 1969 to 1980. He had also played for the Broadway show “Dancin’” from 1978 to 1982, for the Illinois Jacquet Big Band from 1984 to 1987 and for the Jackie Robinson Marching Band from 1989 to 1991. Notably, he has been a trombone and euphonium player with the Clifford Jones Big Band since 1985.

Alongside his primary gigs, Mr. Zawadi had recorded with popular musicians such as Freddie Hubbard, Hank Mobley, Yusef Lateef, McKinney Arts, Sun Ra, Charles Tolliver, Pepper Adams and Donald Byrd. Today, he continues to play with Randy Weston, Lionel Hampton, Roland Alexander Quintet and Valerie Capers. Mr. Zawadi was also known for performing at the opening ceremony of President Clinton’s Harlem Office with Saxophone Summit Musicians and at the installation of the Duke Ellington Memorial Sculpture. He recalls working closely with Jazzmobile, founded by Billy Taylor, was a highlight of his career, in which he would teach young students trombone and theory and hold concerts with famous outstanding musicians in several neighborhoods.

Finding great success throughout his career, Mr. Zawadi was named an Artist Deserving Wider Recognition by Downbeat Magazine in 1964. A 1977 National Endowment of Arts Grantee, he also received the New York City Housing Authority Performance Arts Program Recognition Award. Additionally, he received recognition from the International Jazz Festival at Duke University and the Jazz Corner Cable Show. More recently, Mr. Zawadi was the recipient of the New York City Board of Education Parent Leadership Award in 1989. Presently, he maintains affiliation with the Universal Jazz Coalition, National Jazz Organization and American Federation of Musicians. He is also co-founder of the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium. In his spare time, he enjoys playing chess and basketball.

Hailing from a family of musicians, Mr. Zawadi has always considered music the focal point of his life. His mother was a pianist, having played for her church and composed a song that was used for the Women Baptist Church Convention rallying anthem. Of his four siblings, Raymond played the bass for famous artists, Harold was a pianist in the local jazz scenes of Ohio and Michigan, Earl played the drums and Carol was a multi-instrumentalist. Mr. Zawadi credits his family’s musical influence for his illustrious career, as well as Yusef Lateef, who served as a great mentor to him. To attest to his legacy, Mr. Zawadi can be found in the 53rd and 54th editions of Who’s Who in America, the first through third editions of Who’s Who in Entertainment and the 27th edition of Who’s Who in the East.

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