Jamey Haddad

Jamey Haddad

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Jamey George Haddad (born Cleveland, Ohio, United States, 1952) is an American percussionist working primarily in the fields of jazz and world music, and specializing in hand drums.


Haddad is of Lebanese ancestry. From the age of four, he began playing Lebanese percussion instruments, such as the goblet drum . He later studied music at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He lived in New York City for many years but in the early 21st century relocated to Shaker Heights, Ohio.

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Haddad studied Carnatic music with Ramnad Raghavan for five years, then received a Fulbright Fellowship, which allowed him to study Indian drums, including the kanjira, in South India for one more year. He has also received four National Endowment for the Arts fellowships to pursue jazz and international studies and collaborations. Haddad was the first recipient in 2007 of a new prestigious award: the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.Haddad has collaborated and performed with Paul Simon. Others he has worked with include the Paul Winter Consort, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, Alan...
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