Ziad Rabie Biography

FEBRUARY 09, 2016









Ziad Rabie is an acclaimed saxophonist and the Artistic Director of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art's Jazz at the Bechtler series, featuring The Ziad Jazz Quartet. Jazz at the Bechtler concerts have sold out since the series' inception in May of 2010. The series expanded to two shows in August of 2013 and both shows are drawing standing room only crowds each month.

Through performances and recordings, Ziad has made quite a niche for himself as one of the truly outstanding saxophonists in the United States. Ziad has recorded four original albums, written over two hundred original compositions, and his distinctive saxophone sound has been recorded on over 20 albums of various jazz, rock and gospel artists. He has recorded with national artists including "The Godfather of Soul" James Brown, Gospel Music Hall of Fame recording artist John P. Kee, chart-topping gospel recording artist Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers, Giant Warner recoding artists Company, the Impressions and many more. Ziad has also performed live with (or opened for) Ramsey Lewis, Grover Washington Jr., Ronnie Laws, Herbie Hancock, Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Brubeck, Buddy Rich, Tom Scott, Tony Bennett, The Crusaders, Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack, Lou Rawls, Greg Karukas, Jon Smith (Edgar Winter & White Trash, Toto), Mic Gillette (Tower of Power), Edwin McCain, Ron Holloway and Russell Malone to name a few.

As a graduate of Wake Forest University, Ziad earned a B.A. degree in political science and philosophy. He later studied advanced jazz improvosation with internationally acclaimed and legendary jazz educator/musician/author Jerry Coker at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for 3.5 years. Prior to studying with Jerry Coker, he studied jazz and music thory with Bill Hanna, a veteran of the Woody Herman and Stan Kenton orchestras.

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