“I have looked to the Steinway piano since I was three, not only as my ideal choice of an instrument, but as a responsive and ever reliable friend.”
Noted for his outstanding technical command and identifiable sound as a piano stylist, celebrated pianist-composer Ahmad Jamal was born on July 2, 1930, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jamal has been performing around the world for well over the last four decades. His music remains youthful, fresh, imaginative and always influential.
Considering his ensemble “an orchestra,” Jamal both achieves a unified sound and subtly inserts independent roles for the bass and drums. His music has a unique sense of space, and his musical concepts are exciting without being overly loud in volume. Augmented by a selection of unusual standards and his own compositions, Jamal would notably impress and influence, among others, trumpeter Miles Davis.
In 1994, Jamal received the American Jazz Masters fellowship award from the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2007 the French Government inducted Mr. Jamal into the prestigious Order of the Arts and Letters by French Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabras, naming him Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
Jamal has been a Steinway Artist since 1964.
Photo: Chris Lee