Biography

BeFunky_hajji.jpgDaoud A. Haroon was born in pre-World war II Boston, Massachusetts as John Mancebo Lewis and has in his own words spent a lifetime: “Trying to make sense out of nonsense.”

Mr Haroon has had a lifelong interest in Music, History and Religion. Since 1955 Mr. Haroon has performed and recorded as a Jazz Trombonist and African and Middle Eastern percussionist. He has strong cultural links with both traditional world music and The Avante Garde. He is listed in the International Who’s Who in Music & Music Directory (8th Edition) Cambridge, England.

His primary trombone instructor was Charles (Chuck) Connors, who played bass Trombone with Duke Ellington, and was in the famous Dizzy Gillespie Big Band that was under the direction of Quincy Jones. He studied music theory and ensemble playing with Jaki Byard, Rollins Griffeth, Paul Neves, Roland Alexander and Ken Makanda McIntyre, and many more of the Boston based musicians too numerous to list.

He has performed and recorded primarily with the ‘Jazz Avante Garde’ of the Sixties and the Seventies, the likes of Ken Makanda McIntyre, Ronnie Boykins, Earl Cross, Sam Rivers, Roland Alexander, Jaki Byard, Ahmed Abdul-Malik, Bilal Abdurahman, Paul Neves, Allan Dawson, Phil Lasley, The Manifestation, Hakim jami, Phil Lasley, Art Lewis, Charles Eubanks, Chiles and Pettiford, George Avaloz, and Sam Woodyard, to name a few. However he also had the good fortune to have played in ‘House Bands’ that backed up folks like Jimmy Rushing and Billie Holiday.BeFunky_hajji.jpg

Mr Haroon has a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Wesleyan University, Middletown Connecticut where he was a former Artist In Residence in African American Music, (1973-1974). He has also taught music at Wesleyan and other Colleges and universities over the years. He has travelled and done musicological and theological research in Morocco, South Africa, Senegal, The Gambia, U.K., the Caribbean, Canada, Pakistan, Iran, Arabia, and has traversed the USA from North to South and East to West.

Mr. Haroon obtained a Masters Degree in History from Texas Southern University Houston,Texas with a concentration in: Techniques of Oral History and Colonial American History. He taught American History in the Houston Community College System in the 1980’s and 1990’s, including his alma mater Texas Southern.

Mr Haroon was the founder of the Avicenna Library of The Islamic Education Center in Houston Texas and served as it’s Librarian for a decade during the 1990’s –during which time he instituted ‘The Islamic Education Series’ and Outreach programs that greatly impacted the prison systems nationwide.

As well as his recent interfaith dialogue work, Mr Haroon has also recently embarked upon a new musical journey in collaboration with the UK Nu-Jazz outfit ‘The Wayfarers’ entitled “The Winds of Change.”

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