Ahmad Jamal

Ahmad Jamal

Saturday, September 15, 2012, at 7:30pm | Tryon Festival Theatre

Stimulating spontaneity, rhythmic inventiveness, and left-handed harmonics are all trademarks of Ahmad Jamal’s pioneering piano explorations. He began as a child prodigy, first taking to the keys at age three. By 18, he was on his first national tour. In the more than six decades since, he has earned the adoration of legends like Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong, jazz music’s highest honors including the 1994 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship, and the praise of critics who proclaim him “the most distinctive jazz pianist since Thelonius Monk” (Sydney Morning Herald). Joined by Reginald Veal, Herlin Riley on drums, and percussionist Manolo Badrena, Jamal continues to create “mini-orchestra jazz” with his singular ability to restructure convention and joyfully reimagine meter, improvisation, and dynamics.

Before the performance, learn more about Ahmad Jamal at a free presentation by the students and staff of Mo’ Betta Music.

After the performance, take in the classical Indian and jazz fusion of Snehasish Mozumder and Sound of Mandolin at a free Afterglow concert in the Lobby.

This performance will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes and has no intermission.

Grant Support
Art Works

Patron Co-sponsors
Frances & Marc Ansel
Susan & Robert Welke

Corporate Silver Sponsor
WBCP 1580 AM