Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
Web site: http://www.myspace.com/the5after7project
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Saalik A. Ziyad, a native of Chicago, is no stranger to performing. He began his singing career at age seven with the Chicago Children's Choir and under the choir's tutelage performed with Willie Pickens, Charlie Haden, Amina Claudine Myers, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (under the direction of Zubin Mehta and James Levine).
As an up and coming member of the AACM, he embraces a broad aesthetic and has a huge range of influence. In leading the 5 After 7 Project, Saalik has brought together some of the best young talent in Chicago to play his unique arrangements and compositions. The 5 After 7 Project is a collaborative of diverse musicians residing in the Chicagoland area performing thought provoking music ranging from jazz to classical.