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. During his PhD work at the University of California Santa Barbara Johari crafted the intellectual aspect of his artistic work. His teaching, scholarship, and musical performance are all part of an organic project of music, history, teaching and learning about the Black diasporic experience. His first book, Conjuring Freedom: Music and Masculinity in the Civil War's "Gospel Army" analyzes the songs of the 1st South Carolina Volunteers, a regiment of Black singing soldiers who met nightly in the performance of the ring shout.