Juma's Archive



Dubois Ruiz, Zawadi, Jami

Get the Flash Player to see this player.

Studio We – 27:27
  • James Duboise – trumpet, vocals
  • Hilton Ruiz – piano
  • Kiane Zawadi – trombone
  • Hakim Jami – bass
  • This band was led by drummer Zahir Batin.

“When James Dubois and I met, we were both musicians,” says Juma Sultan. Dubois was operating a music collective called the Society of Universal Culture Arts and Juma was developing the Aboriginal Music Society. Together Juma and James ran Studio We, one of the most significant of the lofts of the 1970’s. Many of the recordings in Juma’s collection were made in Studio We.

Hilton Ruiz began performing at significant New York venues as a young child and went on to perform with a range of great players, including Frank Foster, Cal Massey, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Roland Kirk, Abbey Lincoln, Paquito Rivera, and Tito Puente. Hilton performed and recorded into the 21st Century but died in 2006 as the result of an accident incurred in New Orleans where he had gone to perform for a Hurricane Katrina relief benefit.

Kiane Zawadi, playing both euphonium and trombone played with a long list of greats, from Archie Shepp and Frank Foster to Freddie Hubbard, McCoy Tyner, and Joe Henderson. Like a number of other performers in this archive, Kiane performed on Shepp’s Attica Blues in 1972.

Another veteran of Attica Blues, Hakim Jami has performed with Ken McIntyre, Sam Rivers, and Sun Ra & His Space Arkestra.