T. Kareem Powell was five years old when he began piano lessons in his hometown of Miamisburg, OH. Early on, he could call out the names of any note played on an instrument. This had the unfortunate effect of inspiring countless people to smash 4-5 piano keys together when his back was turned and dare him to name them all without looking. Years of this musical harassment have apparently taken a toll on him as he vindictively inflicts random acts of mimicry on the instrumentalists he works with to this day. Since receiving a B.S. in Music Education from Florida A&M University and M.M. in Music Theory from Indiana University, he has gone on to perform with a number of jazz musicians around Dayton, Ohio, such as gospel jazz artist Roderick Wilson, bassist Eddie Brookshire, and smooth saxophonist Todd Mullins.
Reflections in Black and White is a culmination of Kareem’s musical influences to date and the first step to Kareem’s transition to recording artist and touring musician. Each track was inspired by the music and the personalities he has met along the way with an eye toward developing a personal “universal style” that will fit in a number of musical situations. Feel free to join him on his adventures by following him on Facebook and Twitter at /tkareempowell – remember the “T” – or signing up for his email list at http://www.kareempowell.com.