RIP Ahmad Jamal (1930-2023)

It is announced that piano great Ahmad Jamal died earlier today 16 April 2023 at the age of 92.

The first tribute we have seen is from France-Musique’s Alex Dutilh:

“An immeasurable sadness. Suddenly, the fragrances jostle in the mind, the immense joys he gave us throughout his seven-decade career, through his singular “aesthetics of desire”, his staging of silences, his art of suspense, his way of playing in a quartet as much as the piano…

A giant has just passed away a few hours ago, at his home, at 1.57pm on 16 April. He was 92 years old. He was my grandfather in heart and mind. Ahmad Jamal, I love you forever.”

Born Pittsburgh, PA (as Frederick Russell Jones), July 2, 1930. Died Lakeview, CT, 16 April 2023. In sadness.

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LINKS: Artist page, biography and awards – at Ellora Management


Monday 17 April’s broadcast of Radio France in memory of Ahmad Jamal

Guardian obituary by John Fordham

Nate Chinen’s tribute – “the power of refusal

WBGO piece by Martin Johnson

Live review by Geoff Winston from 2013

Live review by Sebastian from 2014

Album review of Emerald City Nights by Andrew Cartmel

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  1. Immense sadness and loss. His pianistic and personal grace had the touch of the Divine and to hear him play was (is) a blessing. Thank you, Ahmad, for touching my life.

  2. Warm memories of meeting and interviewing this tremendously gifted and affable gentleman at the Tabarka Jazz Festival in 2006.

    His measured and innovative use of space in compositions and playing has left an indelible mark in jazz music.

    Ars Longa, Vita Brevis.

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