The hit live music competition series American Idol has featured a Shadd piano on its set. Shadd’s pianos are also the official set pianos for the hit Fox television series, Empire. Congressman John Conyers has also used a Shadd piano for the Congressional Black Caucus Jazz Issue Forum and Concert, and gospel legend Richard Smallwood also employs Shadd pianos.

Shadd is also the inventor of the Interactive Shadd Piano, a high-tech piece of hardware that allows for distance learning and other innovative uses. It is currently being used at the Duke Ellington School for the Arts in Washington, D.C.

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