AHMAD JAMAL is an American jazz pianist, composer, group leader, and educator.
Noted for his outstanding technical command and identifiable sound as a piano stylist, Mr. Jamal was born on July 2, 1930, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1994, Mr. Jamal received the American Jazz Masters fellowship award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The same year he was named a Duke Ellington Fellow at Yale University, where he performed commissioned works with the Assai String Quartet.
Considering his ensemble "an orchestra", Mr. Jamal not only achieves a unified sound, but subtly inserts independent roles for the bass and drums. The hallmarks of Mr. Jamal's style are rhythmic innovations, colorful harmonic perceptions, especially left hand harmonic and melodic figures, plus parallel and contrary motion lines in and out of chordal substitutions and alterations and pedal point ostinato interludes in tasteful dynamics.
In May 2015 the New England Conservatory has conferred an honorary Doctor of Music degree to Mr. Ahmad Jamal for his significant contributions to the world of music, the world of the arts, and the world of human values.
At once majestic and familiar, the maestro, who was a major influence on Miles Davis, continues to expand his fan base, selling out concerts and garnering awards and honors.
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