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 This is an archive page of all the live performances that I have done. I've named it the Velvet Files because I made some of my first perfomances at the Velvet Lounge, a club that was owned by the late great tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson. All of these recordings are free to download and are basically unedited. If you like them, please leave a comment in the comment section below on this page. And as always support live music. There's nothing like it. Support local artists in wherever you live.

The reason whay I am documenting this and giving it away for free are for historical reasons and so out of pure love from my heart. Thank you and stay tuned for recordings,

8.21.13 - Saalik Ziyad Group Part 2 Jazz Showcase

8.21.13 - Saalik Ziyad Group Part 1 Jazz Showcase

The Return Part 1: Live at the Jazz Showcase

Saalik Ziyad Group

This was recorded live by Saalik Ziyad on August 21, 2013 at the Jazz Showcase credits released 24 August 2013 Saalik Ziyad - vocals Preyas Roy - vibes Collin Clauson - piano Alex Wing - bass Alfonzo Jones - drums

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7.29.08 - 5 after 7 Loft Society

Saalik's 5 after 7 Project at The Loft Society July 19, 2008

This was our first performance on the road. We played a concert at the Loft Society in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Loft Society started by Al Williams was a great venue for us to get our feet wet. Some of the tunes that you here were a work in progress. The band was Saalik Ziyad on vocals, Fred Jackson Jr. on sax, Shaun Johnson on trumpet, Julian Chin on piano, Jephte Lanthia on bass and Shirazette Tinnin on drums. I hope you enjoy this album, It is in 3 Parts.

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Loft Society Photos

Jazz City: The 5 after 7 Project Live at Foster Park

The 5 after 7 Project

This was a concert for Jazz City with the Jazz Institute of Chicago. The musicians on this recording are:

Saalik Ziyad - vocals Fredrick Jackson Jr. - alto Shaun Johnson - trumpet Norman Palm IV - trombone Willerm Delisfort- piano Junius Paul - bass Shirazette Tinnin - drums

special guests Ed Wilkerson Jr. - tenor saxophone Art "Turk" Burton - congas

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6.20.08 - Kilaas Group @ Velvet Lounge

Kilaas Group at the Velvet Lounge June 20, 2008

This recording is from a concert at the Velvet Lounge. Earlier during the day I was doing a jazz concert at Jewel Osco with Jephthe Lanthia, Daron Nelson and Jonathan Gaska, I received a phone call from Dan Melnick asking if I could come and play at the Velvet that night because one of the artists cancelled at the last minute. I told him sure. So I asked the cats there if the wanted to play and then got on the phone to ask some of my friends if the wanted to play a gig that night. So we all got together without rehearsal and basically had a jam. This is what came out of it. I'm so happy it was recorded because it was a magical night. The musicians playing are: Saalik Ziyad on vocals, Dudley Owens on tenor sax, Jarrit Sheel on trumpet and effects, Jonathan Gaska on guitar, Julian Chin on piano, Jephthe Lanthia on bass, Daron Nelson on drums and special guest Shaun Johnson on trumpet

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6.6.08 - 30th Birthday Celebration

30th Birthday Celebration with Willie Pickens June 6, 2008

This recording is from my celebration for my 30th birthday. I choose Willie Pickens because he was a person that influenced me in becoming a jazz musician. It all started with performing with him at the Chicago Jazz Festival in 1995. From then on I was interested in jazz music. On this recording you have Saalik Ziyad on vocals, Fred Jackson on alto, Shaun Johnson on trumpet, Norman Palm IV on trombone, Willie Pickens on piano, Jephte Lanthia on bass and Shirazette Tinnin on drums. I hope you enjoy!!

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12.19.07 - Epoch ZB

Epoch ZB

This is from a recording on December 19, 2007. Epoch meaning a particular period of time was a very special for this concert. it featured two father and son teams. ZB - Ziyad and Bowden, being Taalib-Din and Saalik Ziyad and Khari Discopoet and Mwata Bowden. In the rhythm section were Shirazette Tinnin, Tomeka Reid and Willerm Delisfort. I hope you enjoy this recording.

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12.12.07 Baba et Bir @ Velvet Lounge

Baba et Bir live at the Velvet Lounge

This was recorded December 12, 2007 at the Velvet Lounge. Baba et Bir is Albanian for Father and Son. It features Saalik and Taalib-Din Ziyad. The rhythm section is Willerm Delisforte, Dawi Williams and Shirazette Tinnin.

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10.10.07 - The Duo Project: Saalik & Willerm

The Duo Project: Saalik Ziyad and Willerm Delisfort Live at the Velvet Lounge

This from a concert on October 10, 2007 with Saalik Ziyad and Willerm Delsifort. Playing a multitude of standards and non standards.

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