Just Boyd, a native of Chicago earned his Bachelors of Arts in Music from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his Masters of Music in Jazz Studies (Composition) from Depaul University. He has directed the All-City Jazz Ensembles and Alt New Music Ensemble in the Chicago Public School system. He teaches drums, piano, guitar, music theory, music composition and jazz theory. He performs all styles of music and teaches private and group drum lessons. In 2013 he founded STEREO GENIUS an alternative-jazz, r&b and hip-hop instrumental ensemble that focuses on original compositions and arrangements. He is a member of multiple Chicago based ensembles including Animate Objects, Chicago Afrobeat Project, Russoul, Treologic, Ugochi & A.S.E., Vertikal and Peven Everett.
Over the course of his career he’s had the opportunity to perform with: Common, Rakim, Ice Cube, Slum Village, Big Daddy Kane. Frankie Parker, Floetry, Andrew Ripp, Chicago Community Chorus, University of Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, Soul People, Carl Thomas, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, Dionne, Tina J. Crawley, Dwele, Carolyn Malachi, Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and David Boykin. He is a member of the D’Addario Educators Collective and endorses Humes and Berg Cases.