Johari Jabir is an artist/scholar/teacher. A native of St. Louis, Missouri, he was educated in the St. Louis public school system. Johari began his study of music at a very young age and was stepped in the St. Louis school of gospel blues led by Willie Mae Ford Smith and Rev. Cleophus Robinson. He continued his study of music at Fontbonne College (now Fontbonne University) where he received a B/A in music. After an extensive professional career in church music and musical theatre, he attended the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA where he received an MDiv.