View Full Version : US gubmint blocks payment of Ahmad Jamal because his name sounds too terrist-y

Ed Jewett
06-24-2011, 03:43 AM
80-year old jazz pianist can't get paid because his name sounds terrorist-y
Xeni Jardin at 11:59 AM Wednesday, Jun 22, 2011

The U.S. government is reportedly blocking 80-year-old jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal from receiving payment for a music fest in Switzerland, because his name sounds too Muslim. Other professional musicians with Muslim names have reported similar problems. Jamal is literally a jazz master. This is ridiculous. (via Ned Sublette)




I will defer to Mr. Drago in selecting the appropriate YouTube tracks... but, personally, there's a CD out there of his performance in 1985 at the Montreal Jazz Festival with three cuts ["Crossroads", "Yellow Fellow", "Acorn" ], and "The Good Life" from his Live at Bubba's which are, IMHO, as good as it gets.