Anglo-Arab pioneer’s song that has become has become an hanthem for the Egyptian diaspora
His mix of jazz, traditional Arabic and roots music is known for bridging the cultural gap
Makoto Kuriya talks with Jazz Beat about his experience with American jazz, how he felt as a Japanese playing American jazz in Europe, and his experience at Cairo Jazz Festival and the Nile cruise Karaoke
American guitarist John Pizzarelli, a chip off the old block, and Egyptian guitarist Ahmed el-Gebali: What do they have in common?
My heart melts every time I listen to The Shadow of Your Smile. Besides the lyrics, the utterly brilliant solo by Jazz trumpeter Jack Sheldon brings nostalgia of love
Herbie Hancock’s backstage praises the 18-day Egyptian revolution for democracy, better life and end of corruption
When I hosted Jazz Club USA, I was amazed to have so many requests from listeners in Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Egypt and Iraq to play ‘Take Five’ by the Dave Brubeck Quartet
Jazz music, in particular, was forged by civil rights, social struggle and aspirations for a better and peaceful life. In Egypt, the social upheaval just started. It’s called ‘Revolt on the Nile’ or ‘The Lotus Revolution’
“A Night in Tunisia” with its trademark blend of Afro-Cuban rhythms and oriental flow was considered inspirational by many, and became one of the signature pieces of his “be-bop” jazz revolution in 1940s.