Kahil El'Zabar

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Kahil El'Zabar
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Background information
Born (1953-11-11) November 11, 1953 (age 64)
Chicago, Illinois
Genres Bebop
Afro-Cuban jazz
Free jazz
Instruments Percussion, Drum kit

Sir Kahil El'Zabar (born Clifton Blackburn on November 11, 1953, Chicago, Illinois) is a jazz multi-instrumentalist (mainly a percussionist) and composer. He regularly records for Delmark Records.[1] He attended Lake Forest College and joined the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) in the early 1970s, and became its chairman in 1975.[2] During the 1970s, he formed the musical groups Ritual Trio and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, both of which remain active. Musicians with whom Kahil EL'Zabar has collaborated include Dizzy Gillespie, Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Cannonball Adderley, [[Paul Simon],(Pharoah Sanders),(Archie Shepp),(Roy Ayers),(Neneh Cherry),(Lester Bowie),(Nona Hendryx),(Osunlade),(Billy Bang),(David Murray),(Hamiet Bluiett),and (Henrik Schwarz)]. Dr.El'Zabar received a doctorate from Lake Forest College, IL, (PHD Interdisciplinary/Arts) in May 2006. Sir Kahil El'Zabar was Knighted by the Counsel General of France for his international contributions to the arts as a performer, educator, and curator, in 2014, making him an official Chevalier (Knight of the Arts). El'Zabar is also attributed to scoring music for such notable feature films as "How You Like Me Now"(Universal),"Mo Money"(Columbia),"Love Jones"(New Line),as well as co-scored arrangements for the highly acclaimed theatrical version of Disney's,"The Lion King". There are 2 successful documentaries on the life of Kahil El'Zabar,one by George Lucas of "Star Wars" fame,for his 20th century innovators series,and the other by film maker Dwayne Johnson Cochran,entitled,"Be Known",which was also executive produced by multi award winning acting couple,Angela Basset and Courtney Vance. Dr. El'Zabar is also a published writer and poet,"Mis Taken Brilliance",(Third World Press).


As leader/co-leader[edit]

With Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

With Ritual Trio

With Tri-Factor

As sideman[edit]

With David Murray

With Wadada Leo Smith


  1. ^ Kahil El'Zabar at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Biography". Official Site of Kahil EL'Zabar. Retrieved 2007-05-24.

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