Because there’s no one like him, he’s immune to fashion and thus always up to date. We’re lucky to have him.’ – The Guardian, September 2013
American jazz superstar Ahmad Jamal brings his legendary show to Dublin’s Vicar Street on Friday 24th January 2014.
Considered to be a true living legend of jazz, Ahmad Jamal has been creating and performing music for six decades. The eighty three year old began his musical journey aged three and has honed his prodigious talent ever since. His work has influenced and informed some of the greatest musicians in the world including Miles Davis and Wynton Marsalis.
Quite simply, Ahmad Jamal is a game-changer; he transformed what went before and influenced all that came after. His gift elevates jazz to American Classical Music, a subject that Mr Jamal is passionate about.
In 2007 Ahmad Jamal was named ‘Living Jazz Legend’ by the Kennedy Centre for The Performing Arts in recognition of his lifelong contribution to the genre.
Ahmed Jamal’s music is as relevant today as it was when he released his ground breaking interpretation of ‘Poinciana’ in 1963. His influence can be felt in the work of some of the most successful American contemporary artists including Jay Z, who samples 1974’s ‘Pastures’ in his track ‘Feelin’ It’. ‘They Say’ by Common featuring John Legend samples Jamal’s 1973 track ‘Ghetto Child’. Academy Award winner, Clint Eastwood featured ‘Poinciana’ in his 1995 movie, ‘The Bridges of Madison County’.
Mr Jamal’s Vicar Street concert on 24th January is set to be a highlight of the Irish cultural calendar in 2014 and is one of only five performances scheduled for Mr Jamal in Europe next year. Mr Jamal last performed in Dublin in March 2002.
The artist’s most recent album, ‘Saturday Morning’ was released to great acclaim in September this year.
‘Whether on standards from the American songbook or latterly on his own compositions, Jamal goes in search of the perfect phrase. His rhythm section, meanwhile, gets so deep into the groove that when the phrase comes, it sparkles like a precious stone polished on a wheel.’
‘…his piano playing is so packed with ideas and sudden changes of direction that you take for granted the remarkable technique that makes all this invention possible. Because there’s no one like him, he’s immune to fashion and thus always up to date. We’re lucky to have him.’
‘The pianist Ahmad Jamal, now 83, is currently on such a roll: his previous album, Blue Moon, was followed by a Barbican concert earlier this year that led to widespread accusations of genius’