Ahmad Jamal: Influential US Jazz Pianist and Composer Dies at 92

 

Ahmad Jamal, a celebrated jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader from the United States, died on Sunday at the age of 92. His career lasted more than seven decades.

 

His wife gave the Washington Post confirmation of his passing, and his daughter Sumayah Jamal informed the New York Times that he had died from prostate cancer.

 

A generation of performers, including his close friend and renowned jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, were affected by Jamal’s work.

 

His piano chords were sampled by many hip hop musicians even in following decades, and he was credited with introducing a bigger pop audience to jazz.

 

He was born Frederick Russell Jones in Pittsburgh in 1930, and he credited his growth to the city’s diverse musical scene.

 

With the release of the album “Ahmad Jamal at the Pershing: But Not for Me” in 1958, Jamal achieved commercial success for the first time. It spent more than 100 weeks on the Billboard magazine charts.

 

Throughout his career, he received various honors, including the coveted Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of France and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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