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Jamila Sahar holds a Certificate of Educational Partnership with STEINWAY & SONS

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I have had a never-ending love affair with music.  My earliest childhood memories are of trying to play everything I heard on the piano, classical, jazz and Brazilian jazz.  My formal education began at the Harlem School of the Arts, where I studied with Dr. Armenta Adams a concerto winner of Juilliard School of Music, who was a student of world renowed pianist Sascha Gorodnitzki. 

I then went on to continue my education at Manhattan School of Music and the Leonard Davis Center for the Performing Arts where I earned a Bachelors of Fine Arts in jazz piano performance.  I have currently finished my MM in piano performance at Florida International University studying with world-renowned international pianist Kemal Gekic.  I have participated in master piano classes with legendary pianists, Awadagin Pratt, Dr. Kenneth Cooper, Dr. Georffrey Burleson, John Lewis and Norman Simmons.  I have also had the pleasure of studing jazz improvisation and performing with Maestro Nestor Torres and the illustrious Ron Carter.  

Each one of these legendary and brilliant musicians helped to bring out what I feel is a rare combination of exceptional technical skills, musical sensitivity and a passionate release of raw emotions.  I have performed, recorded and taught in the NY/Tristate area, Canada, South Florida, South America and the Caribbean.  

Influenced by the steamy jungles of Brazil, the colorful beats of the Caribbean and the powerful rhythms of Africa, I am a mosaic combination of classical, jazz, reggae, calypso, Brazilian/Latin cultural accents that embellish my performances as well as my teaching.





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