Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya
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Abdullah Ibrahim
South African Jazz Legend

Abdullah Ibrahim & Ekaya

APR 2–5 | NEA Jazz Masters Week

Apr 04, 2020
Miner Auditorium
SatApr 4
7:30 PM

$40 | $60 | $80

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The great Nelson Mandela described Cape Town-born piano legend and 2019 NEA Jazz Master Abdullah Ibrahim as “South Africa’s Mozart.” A performer, composer and outspoken chronicler of South Africa’s struggle with apartheid, Ibrahim became an international figure in jazz, whose music has always been a mixtures of influences from jazz and classical to gospel and traditional African music. His international career was jumpstarted by the great Duke Ellington, who saw the young pianist at a performance in Zurich and was instrumental in helping him secure a recording contract. 

Ellington remained a mentor to Ibrahim, who substituted for Ellington on a number of concert dates in 1965, leading the legendary composer’s orchestra. Since his auspicious beginnings, a staggering 50-album career followed, finding Ibrahim recording in settings ranging from solo to orchestral music and soundtrack work. He formed his septet Ekaya in the early 1980s, recording their debut album in 1983 with altoist Carlos Ward, bassist Cecil McBee and drummer Ben Riley. Ibrahim brings the current incarnation of this superb ensemble for this night.

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Stateside performances by Abdullah Ibrahim are a rare occurrence, and these nights promise an unforgettable experience with a living jazz legend.

South Africa’s Mozart.

Nelson Mandela

South Africa’s Mozart.

Nelson Mandela

Personnel

Abdullah Ibrahim piano
Cleave Guyton alto saxophone & flute
Lance Bryant tenor saxophone
Marshall McDonald baritone saxophone
Andrae Murchison trombone
Noah Jackson bass
Will Terrill drums

Each member of Ekaya solos with intelligence, taste, and understatement…

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Personnel

Abdullah Ibrahim piano
Cleave Guyton alto saxophone & flute
Lance Bryant tenor saxophone
Marshall McDonald baritone saxophone
Andrae Murchison trombone
Noah Jackson bass
Will Terrill drums

Each member of Ekaya solos with intelligence, taste, and understatement…

DownBeat

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