Ahmad Jamal

(b. 1920 – )

One of the most individualistic pianists, composers, and arrangers of his generation, Ahmad Jamal’s disciplined technique and modal style had a huge impact on trumpeter Miles Davis. In 1961 Jamal opened his own club, The Alhambra in his native Chicago. It served only halal food and no alcohol in observance of Jamal’s faith as a Muslim. 

Jamal developed his own boundary-pushing approach to modern jazz that incorporated an abundance of space, an adept use of tension and release, unexpected rhythmic phrasing and dynamics, and a highly melodic, compositional style evidenced beautifully on the best-selling 1958 offering At the Pershing: But Not for Me. 

Ahmad Jamal continues to tour and play festivals and his music delights fans of each generation. He has most notably been sampled by Dilla with De La Soul, Nas, Gangstarr,  Jay Z and many , many more.

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