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Ahmed Abdul-Malik
Birth name Ahmed Abdul-Malik
Born January 30, 1927
Origin Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died October 2, 1993 (aged 66)
Genres Jazz
Occupations Bassist
Instruments Bass
Labels Prestige Records
Associated acts Art Blakey

Ahmed Abdul-Malik (January 30, 1927 in Brooklyn – October 2, 1993 in Long Branch, New Jersey) was a jazz double bassist and oud player of Sudanese descent.

In the mid-1970s, Malik was a substitute instructor in Brooklyn, New York, Junior High School 281, teaching strings under the supervision of Andrew Liotta, acclaimed composer of seven operas, choral, and numerous chamber works. While seeking a teaching cerification, in addition to study under Liotta in orchestration and composition, he also taught Sudanese in the junior high school language department.

He is noted for integrating Middle Eastern and North African music styles in his jazz music. He was the bassist for Art Blakey, Randy Weston, and Thelonious Monk among others. As an oud player he did a tour of South America for the United States Department of State and performed at an African jazz festival in Morocco.




As leader

  • 1958 – Jazz Sahara (Original Jazz Classics) with Johnny Griffin on tenor saxophone
  • 1959 - East Meets West (RCA)
  • 1961 - The Music of Ahmed Abdul-Malik (Prestige/New jazz)
  • 1962 - Jazz Sounds of Africa (Prestige/New jazz)
  • 1963 - Eastern Moods of Ahmed Abdul Malik (Prestige/New jazz)
  • 1964 - Spellbound (Status)

As sideman

With Art Blakey

With John Coltrane

With Odetta

With Thelonious Monk


  • Carr/Fairweather/Priestley. Jazz Rough Guide, J.B. Metzler Verlag, Stuttgart 2004, ISBN 3-476-01892-X
  • Barry Kernfield (Hrsg.). The New Grove Dictionary Of Jazz, Macmillan, London 2002, ISBN 0-312-11357-9

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