Ameen Saleem’s main inspiration comes from jazz, but his music cannot be limited to a particular genre.
For years he has played with Roy Hargrove’s Quintet and his Big Band, and is one of the most talented bass players on the international jazz scene. His debut album “The Groove Lab,” released in October 2015, was recorded in New York and produced by the Italian label Jando Music in collaboration with Via Veneto Jazz.
The album’s title refers to the endless search for new sounds and rhythms, a search that cuts across genres and styles. A real "groove lab" where Ameen has assembled a stellar cast of musicians to play his original compositions.The album has been conceived as a showcase of all Ameen’s musical influences, a kitchen where--with Ameen as Master Chef--one will find all the ingredients necessary to create a tasty and groovy NY meal melding jazz, soul and funky.
Last Autumn "The Groove Lab" jumped to number 10 ranking of pre-sales on iTunes, and has been broadcast on many national radio shows in Italy and France. In November “The Groove Lab” toured in Italy, with performances at important venues such as Auditorium Parco della Musica of Rome for Roma Jazz Festival, Teatro Verdi of Padova for Padova Jazz Festival, and Blue Note of Milan. Ameen’s career immediately highlights his great talent as virtuoso and composer. In “The Groove Lab,” he plays both double bass and electric bass, choosing to be flanked by colleagues with a musicality that accurately evokes his present ideas of music and groove.
The "cast" includes two female voices with different temperaments, Ramona Dunlap and Mavis "Swan" Poole; Stacy Dillard on soprano and tenor sax; Cyrus Chestnut on piano, Wurlitzer, Rhodes and organ; Craig Magnano on electric guitar; Jeremy Bean Clemons and Gregory Hutchinson on drums. For his compositions, Ameen also invited his friend and colleague Roy Hargrove, who plays both trumpet and flugelhorn.
Last Autumn "The Groove Lab" is jumped at no.10 ranking of pre-sales on iTunes, and has been broadcasted on many national radio shows in Italy and France.

From Roy Hargrove's liner notes: "Ameen Saleem is one of my favorite musicians. He is not only very versatile, but also generally just a great person to be around. This recording is very enlightening because of its musical versatility. It covers a lot of ground stylistically and is generally a lot of fun to listen to from beginning to end. My personal favorite is the one called “For my Baby”.
Stacy Dillard’s work on this record is exceptional, him being one of the great talents of our time. The vocalists’ range of style move in a very vast array of areas from smooth to aggressive. And the level of musicianship remains high throughout the entire musical experience. I remember being a participant of this recording and being in the studio noticing Saleem’s talent in knowing how to pick the right tempo, which is something we learn from the great masters like Thelonius Monk.
I’m sure listeners will enjoy this musical journey."



A native of Washington DC, Ameen Saleem graduated from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in 1997. He attended North Carolina Central University from 1997-2001, earning a Bachelor's Degree with a major in Music Performance. He performed in the Jazz Ensemble and was Musical Director of the Choir Ball. From 2002-2005, he attended CUNY Queens College in Flushing, New York, earning a Master's Degree, majoring in Music Performance.
Recently, Ameen Saleem has been touring extensively across the US, Europe and Japan with The Roy Hargrove Quintet and the Roy Hargrove Big Band.
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