Omar Hakim

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Omar Hakim
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Omar Hakim performing at Jazztage Görlitz 2012
Background information
Born (1959-02-12) February 12, 1959 (age 60)[ citation needed ]
New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion, pop, funk, rock
Occupation(s) Musician, producer, arranger, composer
InstrumentsDrums
Years active1980–present
Associated acts Miles Davis, Marcus Miller, David Sanborn Weather Report, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Stanley Clarke, Sting, Daft Punk, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Kate Bush, Dire Straits, Journey, David Bowie, Bryan Ferry, Sinkane, John Scofield

Omar Hakim (born February 12, 1959[ citation needed ]) is an American jazz, jazz fusion and pop music drummer, producer, arranger and composer. He has worked with David Bowie, Sting, Madonna, Dire Straits, Journey, Kate Bush, George Benson, Miles Davis, Daft Punk, Mariah Carey, and Celine Dion. [1]

Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. Jazz is seen by many as "America's classical music". Since the 1920s Jazz Age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression. It then emerged in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African-American and European-American musical parentage with a performance orientation. Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation. Jazz has roots in West African cultural and musical expression, and in African-American music traditions including blues and ragtime, as well as European military band music. Intellectuals around the world have hailed jazz as "one of America's original art forms".

Jazz fusion music genre

Jazz fusion is a musical genre that developed in the late 1960s when musicians combined jazz harmony and improvisation with rock music, funk, and rhythm and blues. Electric guitars, amplifiers, and keyboards that were popular in rock and roll started to be used by jazz musicians, particularly those who had grown up listening to rock and roll.

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Early life

A graduate of the New York School of Music and Art, Omar Hakim began his career recording with various pop and soul groups. His father, Hasan Hakim, had played trombone for Duke Ellington and Count Basie.[ citation needed ]

Duke Ellington American jazz musician, composer and band leader

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Count Basie American jazz musician, bandleader, and composer

William James "Count" Basie was an American jazz pianist, organist, bandleader, and composer.

Career

Hakim credits jazz vibraphonist Mike Mainieri with giving him his first break in 1980; Hakim appeared in a video with Mainieri called The Jazz Life and began working with singer Carly Simon through Mainieri. Hakim first came to major attention as a member of Weather Report.

Mike Mainieri American vibraphonist

Michael T. Mainieri Jr. is an American vibraphonist known for his work with the jazz fusion group Steps Ahead. He is married to singer-songwriter and harpist Dee Carstensen.

Carly Simon American singer-songwriter, musician and author

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Hakim played drums on David Bowie's most commercially successful album, 1983's Let's Dance , as well as the follow-up, Tonight , in 1984. Bowie described Hakim as "a fascinating drummer, with impeccable timing" and "always fresh in his approach". [1]

David Bowie British musician, actor, record producer and arranger

David Robert Jones, known professionally as David Bowie, was an English singer, songwriter and actor. He was a leading figure in the music industry and is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, acclaimed by critics and musicians, particularly for his innovative work during the 1970s. His career was marked by reinvention and visual presentation, with his music and stagecraft having a significant impact on popular music. During his lifetime, his record sales, estimated at 140 million albums worldwide, made him one of the world's best-selling music artists. In the UK, he was awarded ten platinum album certifications, eleven gold and eight silver, and released eleven number-one albums. In the US, he received five platinum and nine gold certifications. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

<i>Lets Dance</i> (David Bowie album) 1983 studio album by David Bowie

Let's Dance is the 15th studio album by David Bowie. It was originally released in April 1983, almost three years after his previous album, Scary Monsters . Co-produced by Chic's Nile Rodgers, the album contains three of his most successful singles; the title track, "Let's Dance", which reached No. 1 in the UK, US and various other countries, as well as "Modern Love" and "China Girl", which both reached No. 2 in the UK. "China Girl" was a new version of a song that Bowie had co-written with Iggy Pop for the latter's 1977 album The Idiot. It also contains a re-recorded version of the song "Cat People ", which had reached number one in New Zealand, Norway and Sweden a year earlier.

<i>Tonight</i> (David Bowie album) 1984 studio album by David Bowie

Tonight is the sixteenth studio album by English musician David Bowie, released on 29 September 1984 by EMI America Records. It followed his most commercially successful album Let's Dance. He described the album, released immediately after his previous album's tour wrapped up, as an effort to "keep my hand in, so to speak," and to retain the new audience that he had recently acquired.

In the mid-1980s, Hakim joined Dire Straits as drummer while recording their fifth album Brothers in Arms . Hakim temporarily replaced the band’s then-permanent drummer Terry Williams, when his performance was felt to be unsuitable for the desired sound of the album after most of the album tracks had been recorded. Hakim re-recorded all the drum tracks on the album in two days and then left for other commitments. [2] Hakim and Williams are both credited on the album [3] (although Williams' only contribution was the improvised crescendo at the start of "Money for Nothing" and Williams was brought back for the music videos and the world tour). Hakim was also part of the band for Sting's first solo album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles , appearing in the film Bring on the Night .

Dire Straits British rock band

Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in London in 1977 by Mark Knopfler, David Knopfler, John Illsley, and Pick Withers. They were active from 1977 to 1988 and again from 1991 to 1995. The band became one of the world's best-selling music artists, with album sales of over 100 million.

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Money for Nothing (song) 1985 song by Dire Straits

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By this time, Hakim was teaching himself to program drum machines, which put him in even greater demand as a pop, rock, and R&B session musician, and landed him work with Madonna. Meanwhile, he continued his work as a jazz fusion drummer; just a partial list of his credits over the 1980s and 1990s includes work with Miles Davis, David Sanborn, Roy Ayers, George Benson, Joe Sample, John Scofield, Lee Ritenour, Toninho Horta, and Najee. In December 1989, Hakim released his first solo album, Rhythm Deep, which occupied a middle ground between jazz, R&B, and pop, and gave him a chance to showcase his vocal abilities as well. The results earned Hakim a Grammy nomination in early 1990.[ citation needed ]

Miles Davis American jazz musician

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Roy Ayers American musician

Roy Ayers is an American funk, soul, and jazz composer, vibraphone player, and music producer. Ayers began his career as a post-bop jazz artist, releasing several albums with Atlantic Records, before his tenure at Polydor Records beginning in the 1970s, during which he helped pioneer jazz-funk. He is a key figure in the acid jazz movement, and has been dubbed "The Godfather of Neo Soul". He is best known for his compositions "Everybody Loves The Sunshine", "Searchin" and "Running Away". and at one time was said to have more sampled hits by rappers than any other artist.

During the 1990s, Hakim continued to improve his skills in the realm of electronic percussion, keeping abreast of new technologies.[ citation needed ] He performed on albums by Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and Jewel, among other pop stars, and initially kept his jazz work going as well, though it had tapered off by the middle of the decade.

In 2000, Hakim released his second solo CD, The Groovesmith, which was produced, recorded and mixed in his personal recording studio "The OH-Zone". In 2010, Hakim formed a band with wife Rachel Z called "The Trio of OZ" and they recorded and toured extensively internationally behind their successful eponymous release. In 2014, he released his third album, entitled We Are One.[ citation needed ]

Hakim played drums for the Kate Bush 22-night residency called Before the Dawn in London from August 26 – October 1, 2014 at the Hammersmith Apollo.[ citation needed ]

On June 18, 2015, Journey announced that Hakim would replace longtime drummer Deen Castronovo on their North American tour after Castronovo was arrested for domestic violence in Salem, Oregon. [4]

Omar was featured on the cover of Modern Drummer Magazine in 2014. [5]

Omar was featured on the cover of DrumHead Magazine in 2017. [6]

Omar became the Chairman of the Percussion Department of Berklee College of Music in 2017, replacing the previous Department Chair, John Ramsey. [7]

Television

Between 1988 and 1989 Hakim appeared regularly as the house band drummer in The Sunday Night Band during the first half season of the acclaimed music performance program Sunday Night on NBC late-night television. [8] After being temporarily replaced by drummer J. T. Lewis for the remainder of that season, Hakim reappeared in the band for the second season in the fall of 1989, when the program returned under the new name Night Music. [9]

Discography

As leader

As sideman

With Victor Bailey

With David Bowie

With Chic

With Miles Davis

With Dire Straits

With Najee

With Lee Ritenour

With Special EFX

With Weather Report

With others

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  8. Sunday Night closing credits, episodes #104 (1988), #113 (1989)
  9. Night Music closing credits, episodes #201 (1988), #205 (1989).
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