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Ahmad Jamal

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Born: 1930/07/02
Birth Place: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Genres: Jazz

Frederick Russell Jones was born July 2, 1930 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he attended George Washington High School. An American jazz pianist and composer, Jones, changed his name to Ahmad Jamal in 1952 after converting to Islam. A challenge by his uncle Lawrence to replicate what was playing on the radio began Jamal’s fascination with music. His formal training began at the age of seven, when he began classes with Mary Cardwell Dawson, who Jamal describes as someone who had a heavy influence on his music composition. Starting in the 1980’s, Jamal had been regularly picking up gigs at major clubs in the United States, supplementing his gigs with European jazz festivals. Jamal’... Continue Bio >>

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