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NEA Jazz Master Ahmad Jamal Plays Rare Irish Date

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Ahmad Jamal The term “jazz legend” is perhaps one that is over used, but how else do you adequately describe Mr. Ahmad Jamal
Ahmad Jamal
Ahmad Jamal
b.1930
piano
, NEA Jazz Master? Certainly, those fortunate enough to grab a ticket for the Pennsylvanian pianist’s one-off Irish gig in Vicar Street, Dublin on 24th January will be left in no doubt as to why Jamal is considered as one of the most influential jazz musicians of all time.

At 83 years of age, Steinway recording artist Jamal is in remarkably good shape and his creative juices have simply never ceased to flow. That he’s producing a new album every other year on average says much about the creative fire that still burns within. As his latest album Saturday Morning (Jazz Village, 2013) demonstrates, Jamal’s fire burns with an even greater intensity than when he first recorded back in 1951.

Jamal’s significant influence on trumpeter Miles Davis
Miles Davis
Miles Davis
1926 - 1991
trumpet
has been well documented over the years but a host of other jazz pianists such as Jan Johansson
Jan Johansson
1931 - 1968
piano
, Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett
Keith Jarrett
b.1945
piano
, Jean-Michel Pilc, Brad Mehldau
Brad Mehldau
Brad Mehldau
b.1970
piano
, Hiromi
Hiromi
Hiromi
b.1979
piano
and Tribal Tech’s Scott Kinsey
Scott Kinsey
Scott Kinsey

keyboard
have acknowledged their debt to Jamal: “The way I think about phrasing and playing in general, a lot of it comes from Ahmad Jamal,” says Kinsey. “It's so inspiring to me, the way he plays, the way he hears music, the way he phrases, the use of space, the touch, everything. His concept and the feeling he has, and the swing… Nobody really phrases like him. He has a very conversational way of phrasing and sweetness in the melodies and just beautiful ideas; I think Keith Jarrett got that from him.”

Perhaps the influence that Jamal has had on other musicians stands as his greatest legacy, but as the pianist told All About jazz in a 2010 interview : “I have to leave that to the historians and the public and the journalists. How can I sit and think about my legacy? I'm always going forward. I don't think about what I have done but what I have yet to do.”

Jamal prefers the term American Classical Music to jazz and alongside him in this remarkable three-man orchestra are three of the best in the business: drummer Herlin Riley
Herlin Riley
Herlin Riley
b.1957
drums
first played with Jamal in the 1980s, was a key member of trumpeter Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis
Wynton Marsalis
b.1961
trumpet
’s group from 1988 to 1994 and plays in the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra; bassist Reginald Veal also played in Marsalis’s group alongside Riley and joined Jamal’s ensemble in 2012. Percussionist Manolo Badrena is best known for his work in jazz-fusion outfit Weather Report
Weather Report
Weather Report

band/orchestra
on the album Heavy Weather (Columbia, 1977) and in Joe Zawinul
Joe Zawinul
Joe Zawinul
1932 - 2007
keyboard
’s Zawinul Syndicate.

The chemistry between Jamal and his three musicians is electrifying to behold and to witness Jamal’s orchestral improvisations is to witness a truly unique artist at work.

There is quite simply no piano-led ensemble quite like Mr. Jamal’s and this rare Irish appearance—one of only five performances scheduled for Mr. Jamal in Europe this year—is an essential diary date for jazz fans and contemporary piano fans alike.

Doors open at 7.30pm

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