Dawoud Said

Dawoud Said


The immaculate and soothing sounds of Dawoud Said will capture your soul and draw you into the ambiance of smooth jazz and world music.


Dawoud is a world class pianist/keyboardist with both the “Tools” and the “Talent”.

He plays impeccable grooves that audiences demanding a good musical foundation could appreciate. His alluring style gradually captivates, while his voicing and technique open your mind to all the subtle colors and emotion music has to offer. His diverse background has allowed him to have the flexibility to not only play, but also compose in many different and varied styles of music.

Dawoud was born in Baltimore, Maryland. About age four, his journalist father moved the family to the Washington, DC, area, where Dawoud and a younger brother were raised. His father and brother, as well as his interior-designer American mother live in Washington, DC. Born in America, Dawoud's multi-cultural African roots, through his father, stretch from Kenya to Ethiopia and Somalia. He has visited the Continent in his teens.

He has been playing the piano since the age of seven, and has played professionally since the age of fifteen. He was formally trained in Classical and Jazz Piano. His training began with private instruction in Classical Piano. He attended High School at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, where he received further Classical instruction. For several summers in his youth, Dawoud performed with the locally-acclaimed "Lettumplay" youth jazz ensemble of Washington, D.C. His Jazz Piano training was furthered as a Jazz Studies Major/Piano Minor at Howard University, where he was trained by some of the country’s most respected pianists in both the Jazz and Classical styles for over four years.

Dawoud’s influences are a derivative of many of today's great jazz artists, including Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, George Duke, Bob James, Jeff Lorber, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Michel Camilo and Joe Sample.

Dawoud has played with groups such as Najee, John Scofield, Kenny Lattimore, Marion Meadows, Joe McBride, MeShell Indegeocello, The Graingers, Stacey Lattisaw, Marcus Johnson, MSP, Spur of the Moment and a host of others.


Dawoud Said - "India"
D-Arrival Records Producer/Performer
M2M - "Shades of Purple"
Atlantic Records - Performed

Grainger - "Phase II"
GBM Records Performed

John Butler - "Simply John"
Milestone Records - Produced/Performed

MSP - "Half Past Autumn"
Rock-a-Bye Records - Co-Produced/Performed

Suttle Thoughts 'Caribbean Love"
ST Records - Performed

Suttle Thoughts "Suttle Thoughts"
ST Records - Performed

Set List

Dawoud performs original music and cover songs.

1. Body Heat
2. Changes
3. Airplay
4. Smooth Sailing
5. 2 Be With U
6. Soul of An Angel
7. Sunshine
8. Midnight Romance
9. People
10. Beautiful Night
11. Eternal Love Goddess
12. So Sweet
13. Bass Man
14. India