Ahmad Jamal
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Ahmad Jamal
Jazz Legend

Ahmad Jamal

SEP 5–8 | Opening Week

Sep 05 - Sep 08
Miner Auditorium
ThuSep 5

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7:30 PM

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FriSep 6
7:30 PM

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SatSep 7
7:30 PM

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SunSep 8
7:00 PM

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Sep 5 | 2019-20 Season Members-Only Opening Night Celebration
Kickoff the 2019-20 Season with jazz legend Ahmad Jamal in Miner Auditorium. Indulge with Scharffenberger sparkling wine, drinks, bites from our favorite spots, a photo booth, and more as we celebrate the opening of our 8th season at SFJAZZ Center!

An NEA Jazz Master and a Kennedy Center Living Jazz Legend, pianist Ahmad Jamal has long been recognized as one of the most influential figures in jazz history, and makes a welcome return to SFJAZZ with his first appearances in the intimate setting of Miner Auditorium. Largely retired from the stage, Jamal reserves performing for, in his words, “special occasions,” and each of these nights is rare opportunity to share a singular experience with a true innovator who helped shape modern jazz. 

Jamal brought a sense of space and subtlety to jazz improvisation that deeply affected Miles Davis and countless other jazz musicians inspired by them both. “He knocked me out with his concept of space, his lightness of touch, his understatement,” said the trumpeter, whose lyrical less-is-more style was indebted to the elegant pianist who rose to international fame with the success of his 1958 live date At the Pershing: But Not for Me – a timeless and iconic session containing the definitive version of Jamal’s theme song, “Poinciana.” Now a youthful 88, Jamal continues to refine and expand his approach, composing new music and exploring fresh harmonies and sonorities. In 2017, Jamal was awarded the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to music. On the heels of his newest Jazz Village release Marseille, he performs with his kinetic quartet whose sound is flavored by the New Orleans style of drummer Herlin Riley along with longtime bassist James Cammack and the polyrhythmic pop of Puerto Rican-born percussionist Manolo Badrena.

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In 2017, Jamal was awarded the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to music.

AUG 16 | On The Corner
A Conversation with Ahmad Jamal: The Innovator, Still Moving Forward at 89

Without the piano innovations of Ahmad Jamal, would the breakthroughs of contemporary keyboard lions such as Jason Moran, Vijay Iyer, Matthew Shipp and others be possible?

Chicago Tribune

Without the piano innovations of Ahmad Jamal, would the breakthroughs of contemporary keyboard lions such as Jason Moran, Vijay Iyer, Matthew Shipp and others be possible?

Chicago Tribune

Personnel

Ahmad Jamal piano
James Cammack bass
Herlin Riley drums
Manolo Badrena percussion

All my inspiration comes from Ahmad Jamal.

Miles Davis

Personnel

Ahmad Jamal piano
James Cammack bass
Herlin Riley drums
Manolo Badrena percussion

All my inspiration comes from Ahmad Jamal.

Miles Davis

Watch & Listen

Ahmad Jamal

Poinciana

Ahmad Jamal

Dynamo

Ahmad Jamal

Poinciana

Ahmad Jamal

Dynamo