Akili Jamal Haynes
Akili Jamal Haynes is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who began his career at age 15 as a trombonist under the mentorship of Wynton Marsalis. Mr. Haynes currently performs with several ensembles and has participated on several recordings as a trombonist, composer, trumpeter, keyboardist, vocalist, tenor saxophonist, alto saxophonist, bass clarinetist, and acoustic bassist. He has been research assistant to Kimati Dinizulu who composed for Alvin Ailey Dance Theater under the direction of Judith Jamison. Mr. Haynes has been a faculty member of the New England Conservatory of Music’s Preparatory & Continuing Education School for more than 14 years, and is also guest percussion faculty and bass accompanist at Berklee College of Music, as well as Prometheus Dance Company, and Boston University Dance Department. He is the chair of the Percussion Department at the Community Center of Boston. Mr. Haynes is currently creating a multi-media work titled The Art & Soul of Chibuzo, in which he is an actor, vocalist, percussionist, trumpeter, bassist, pianist, dancer, script writer, composer, and band leader.