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Jazz Birthdays - Ahmad Jamal July 2

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Ahmad Jamal 1930
Highly influential jazz pianist, born 2 July 1930 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as Freddy "Fritz" Jones. He has used the name Ahmad Jamal since his conversion to Islam in the early 1950s.
Ahmad Jamal continues his performance schedule around the world, as he has for well over the last four decades. Noted for his outstanding technical command and identifiable sound as a piano stylist, Mr. Jamal was a child prodigy who began to play the piano at the age of three.

In 1994, Mr. Jamal received the American Jazz Masters fellowship award from the National Endowment for the Arts. The same year he was named a Duke Ellington Fellow at Yale University.
In June of 2007 the French Government inducted Mr. Jamal into the prestigious Order of the Arts and Letters by French Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres, naming him Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. Former recipients being William Faulkner, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Jackson Pollack, Ella Fitzgerald, Alan Ginsberg and Tony Morrison.
His album, “It’s Magic” released in June of 2008 hit the charts at #13 immediately after its release in the US, being touted as one of his finest works yet to date. “It’s Magic” is hailed by critics as a career highlight, it graced the Billboard Top Jazz Albums chart, the iTunes Jazz Top 10, and it recently peaked at #2 on the Jazz Week Radio Chart In France. Mr. Jamal was awarded Best International Album (Album International de Production Francaise) by Les Victoire du Jazz, the French version of the Grammy’s. The album also garnered Record of the Year by Jazz Man magazine. His music remains, youthful, fresh, imaginative and always influential. 

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