IMANI ZUBEH - Pianist, Multi-Keyboardist, Composer, Producer, Engineer
On July 9th, 1957 in Detroit Michigan, a very talented musician by the name of Jerone "Imani" Howard was born.
He started playing piano a the age of 5 and between the ages of 7 & 11 he sang with the Boys & Men`s Choir at St. Paul`s Cathedral in the heart of the city. At age 12 and again at 13, Imani won a full summer scholarship to perform with the Burkeshire Boys Choir located in Lenox Massachusetts. The Burkeshire Boys Choir is the American equivalent to the world famous German, Vienna`s Boys Choir.
In 1972, Imani began attending Henry Ford High School where he immediately was recognized as a very talented individual, musically and vocally, and was recruited for the high school choir, madrigal group, emulated Broadway
musicals and orchestra.
After finishing high school in 1975, Imani received a partial scholarship to attend Eastern Michigan University where he continued his musical studies which included, piano, music theory, choir and of course vocal instructions. Imani left university in 1978 and began to pursue his dream of being a producer and touring musician.
He first began his travels with a Las Vegas Style show band based out of McMurray Pennsylvania and toured throughout Canada which included London & Montreal, Ontario, Brandon Manitoba, Regina Saskatchewan and Vancouver, British Columbia. After that, Imani was recruited for another Las Vegas Style show band based out of Miami Florida. With that organization he toured the Caribbean Islands, and all through the USA.
After five years of traveling the Caribbean, North American and Canada with these successful show bands he returned home to Detroit to work with Motown era performers which included Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, Barrett Strong... the writer of the hit record "I Heard It Through The Grapevine", The Originals, Little Carl Carlton and many others. Also at that time Imani was performing with local bands which were represented by the top agencies that still exist in the Detroit area. He performed with Sapphire, The Crowd Pleasers, Risque, and the RandAllen Band which was sought after to perform the high energy clubs in Switzerland in the late 1980`s. RandAllen performed for The "Hazy Land" club chain in Zurich, Geneva, Luzerne & Basil.
In 1991, Imani got his big break and began touring with famous American recording artist`s which include Ray Parker Jr., Cheryl Lynn, Phil Perry, Regina Bell*, Chante` Moore, Keith Washington & Wendy Moten & many more.. These tours traveled through the US, Japan and Europe and lasted through the year 2004.
While still traveling with these Platinum recording star`s, Imani decided to relocate to Japan where he now resides. When the aforementioned entertainers had down time to rest, Imani kept working to further his skills performing in Japan as a pianist, keyboardist, musical director and vocalist with clubs acts. His profession took him to such cities as Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Nagoya, Kobe, Kyoto, Kagoshima, Nagasaki, Amami Oshima, Miyazaki and Fukuoka.
Imani has also had the opportunity to work and tour with Japanese stars. These famous entertainers include Tetsuya Komuro, Globe, Kiss Destination and Monday Michiru.
In 2005, Imani decided to stay closer to home and began performing for Sogo Leisure Services LTD., based out of Miyazaki, Japan, with clubs located throughout the Kyushu Island. He performed for Sogo for approximately 5 years through the end of September, 2010.
Beginning in the spring of 2011, Imani was commissioned to perform at Al Bustan Palace Hotel, in Muscat, Oman for the duration of 3 months inside the Al Maha Lounge. He performed from the beginning of March through the end of May.
As the summer rolled in, he got a call from Cheryl Lynn to be her keyboardist again for a Japan tour which lasted the month of August.
After that, he was right back out on the road doing his first cruise ship solo piano bar gig through Carnival Cruise Lines. He breezed through a 6 month contract and during that time was chosen for "Employee Of The Month" for the Entertainment Department. Quite a prestigious award for a first time performance on a cruise ship! He finished that particular cruise ship gig in June of 2012 and then went right back with Carnival for another 3 month beginning in September where he received the highest scores possible in his evaluation. In June of 2013 he decided to entertain on the Carnival "Fantasy" cruise ship to finish out his Carnival contract.
In October of 2013 Imani accepted the Musical Director`s position for the "ASHANTI" Japan tour! Ashanti is also a Grammy award winner. With ASHANTI the band performed at Tokyo's Billboards lounge.
At the beginning of March 2014, Imani was contacted by AZAMARA Cruise Lines to join their team as a Pianist / Vocalist and also to do a Motown show. It was his first time out with Azamara and they asked him repeatedly to join them again after his 4 month stint. At that time however, he decided along with his wife that 4 years on the high seas was enough for a while and made the decision to stay home except for the occasional tour.
Speaking of tours, Cheryl Lynn called on his services again, this time to be the Musical Director for a quick week at the Tokyo Blue Note, the 2nd week in July, 2014.
Imani is also a free lance producer, composer & engineer who finished his 1st solo CD project in 2008 which is entitled "FROM THIS MOMENT ON".
Beginning in August of 2014, Imani took a sabbatical to further study engineering and finish up his 2nd CD project which is now is in Brick & Mortar stores around the world as well as on the usual streaming sites like iTunes, Spotify and Amazon. This CD addressing such serious hurdles as racism, greed and war and also manages to intertwine it with solutions through love and togetherness which makes this CD a social & musical jewel in today`s society.
The name of the CD is entitled:
"BREAK THE CHAINS OF HATRED"
While continuing his focus on the TV / Film industry, Imani began performing at the St. Regis Hotel, Osaka Japan in July of 2015 and remained as the house pianist / vocalist there for 3 years.
At the end of 2018, Imani began performing at the Ashiya Baycourt Resort as well as the Conrad Hotel in Osaka and remained at both places until unfortunately Corona Virus stopped the world in it's tracks for a while.
Imani is continuing his study's intensely for TV & Film licensing and you will hear his music very soon on those platforms as well.
Thank you so much for reading his profile and please feel free to contact us for any of your musical and performance needs.
Sincerely, Round The Clock Studio
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