Local Jazz Ensemble Under One Sun to Celebrate CD Release with Three Shows at the Bop Stop


A percussionist/drummer living and teaching at the Oberlin Conservatory, Jamey Haddad, a Cleveland Legends of Jazz and a Cleveland Arts Prize recipient, has built quite a resume over the past several years. His latest endeavor, the band Under One Sun, came together formally a few years ago at the Tri-C JazzFest.

Members of the band have performed with Alicia Keys, the Vanguard Orchestra, Yo-Yo Ma, the Sacred Music Festival of Fez, Paul Simon and Sting. Haddad spent his summer touring with Paul Simon.

The group recently recorded a CD at Oberlin and celebrates its release with a series of three shows at the Bop Stop. The band will perform at the jazz club on Sept. 4, 5 and 6.

“For all of us in the band, it's a very personal statement and no mistake at this time in our lives that a band as ethnically diverse and musically coherent as Under One Sun sends a message that is contrary to all the negative things polluting the airwaves at the moment,” says Haddad in a press release announcing the album’s release. “Members of the group are Afghani, Palestinian, Venezuelan, West African, Canadian and, of course, American. This international group is flying in from all over the country to make this date happened. Needless to say events like this are a financial losing proposition at best, but everybody's investing in the project personally and economically.”

Performances begin at 7 p.m. and tickets are $20.

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