|Birth name||Ahmed Abdul-Malik|
|Born||January 30, 1927|
|Origin||Brooklyn, New York, USA|
|Died||October 2, 1993(aged 66)|
|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. He attended The High School of Music & Art in Harlem.
In the mid-1970s, Malik was a substitute instructor at Junior High School 281, in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, New York, teaching strings under the supervision of Andrew Liotta, acclaimed composer of seven operas, choral, and numerous chamber works. While seeking a teaching certification, in addition to study under Liotta in orchestration and composition, he also taught Sudanese in the junior high school language department. In the late 1970s he taught individual students private instruction in jazz improvisation at New York University.
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.
- 1958: Jazz Sahara (Riverside) - with Johnny Griffin
- 1959: East Meets West with Curtis Fuller, Jerome Richardson, Lee Morgan, Benny Golson, Johnny Griffin
- 1961: The Music of Ahmed Abdul-Malik (New Jazz)
- 1962: Sounds of Africa (New Jazz)
- 1963: The Eastern Moods of Ahmed Abdul-Malik (Prestige)
- 1964: Spellbound
With Art Blakey
- The African Beat (1962)
With John Coltrane
With Walt Dickerson
With Jutta Hipp
- Jutta Hipp with Zoot Sims (1956)
With Thelonious Monk
- Misterioso (1958)
- Thelonious in Action (1958)
- Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall (1957, released 2005)
With Randy Weston
- With These Hands... (Riverside, 1956)
- Jazz á la Bohemia (Riverside, 1956)
- The Modern Art of Jazz (Dawn, 1956)
- Tanjah (Polydor, 1973)
- Allmusic biography
- Randy Weston and Willard Jenkins, "African Rhythms: The Autobiography of Randy Weston," Durham, N.C., Duke University Press, 2010, 25
- Curry, John (2002). "Abdul-Malik, Ahmed". In Barry Kernfeld. The new Grove dictionary of jazz (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 3. ISBN 1561592846.