Jazz Artist Jamil Sharif to Release New Album “Diversity” on April 24th, 2012

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New Orleans Jazz Sensation’s New Album Highlights a Montage of Music Culture


New Orleans’ native son and
internationally acclaimed jazz artist Jamil Sharif will launch his
ambitious third album, Diversity, on Tuesday, April 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm
in the Big Apple for an intimate industry reception hosted by famed
opera singer Gloria Gari, wife of the late, celebrated Romanian opera
tenor, Giulio Gari.


 

New York, NY, April 24, 2012 –(PR.com)–
New Orleans’ native son and internationally acclaimed jazz artist Jamil
Sharif will launch his ambitious third album, “Diversity,” on Tuesday,
April 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm in the Big Apple for an intimate industry
reception hosted by famed opera singer Gloria Gari, wife of the late,
celebrated Romanian opera tenor, Giulio Gari.

Sharif hails from
New Orleans jazz royalty, as his family’s musical heritage spans more
than 150 years. He’s the great-grandson of legendary music teacher
Professor J. B. Humphrey (known to many as the “Grandfather of Jazz”)
and the son of world-renowned trumpeter Emery Humphrey Thompson (Umar
Sharif) who’s performed with jazz icons Lionel Hampton, Quincy Jones,
and Dizzy Gillespie, among others.

“Diversity” transcends the
confines of the jazz realm and, as the name suggests, reflects the
influence of a vast array of musical styles. To embark on a deeply
personal musical journey, for this album, Sharif personally composed
each selection and assembled a remarkable group of artists to lend their
talents, including one of his teachers, Ellis Marsalis, as well as
contemporaries Donald Harrison, Herlin Riley, Wes Anderson, David
Torkanowsky, and Davell Crawford, just to name a few.

Sharif is a
musical journeyman, with his influence transcending the jazz arena
right into Hollywood. During the early 90s he appeared in the action
adventure Hard Target, starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, and the comedy
Undercover Blues, starring Kathleen Turner and Dennis Quaid. His
composition “Crescent City Strut” from his 1993 album Portraits of New
Orleans was used for the USA Network Series The Big Easy. Throughout the
millennium, Sharif continued to soar the film and music wave, serving
as music coordinator – and a supporting character – in the 2004 Academy
Award-nominated film, “Ray.”

“Each song on ‘Diversity’ represents
a different genre of music that has influenced Jamil throughout his
long career. Jamil Sharif’s album takes you on a mosaic musical journey
of yesterday, today and tomorrow. Somehow it all flows together into an
extremely pleasurable listening experience,” said Taylor Hackford,
Producer/Director, “Ray.”

“Jazz has many personalities – it warms
the heart, intrigues curiosity and ignites all senses. My new album,
depicts how jazz collaborates the souls of many as I’ve always believed
the art of embracing Diversity is the ability to capture universal
harmony,” said Jamil Sharif.

For more information on the CD
launch in New York contact Hallema Sharif at 646.535.2805 or via email
at hallema @ hallemasworld dot com To find out more on “Diversity” and
Jamil Sharif, visit

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