Khan Jamal

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Khan Jamal
Born (1946-07-23) July 23, 1946 (age 70)
Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Genres Jazz
Instruments vibraphone, marimba, percussion
Years active 1960s–present
Labels SteepleChase
Associated acts Byard Lancaster, Sunny Murray

Khan Jamal (born July 23, 1946, Jacksonville, Florida[1]) is an American jazz vibraphone and marimba player. Ron Wynn describes Jamal as "a proficient soloist when playing free material, jazz-rock and fusion, hard bop, or bluesy fare."[1]

Jamal began playing vibraphone during the mid-1960s.[2] Later in the decade, he joined Cosmic Forces, then co-founded Sounds of Liberation with Byard Lancaster during the early 1970s.[1] During the 1970s, Jamal studied at Combs College of Music and joined Sunny Murray's group Untouchable Factor.[1] In addition to leading his own groups, Jamal has performed with Ronald Shannon Jackson's Decoding Society, Joe Bonner, Billy Bang, Charles Tyler and others.[1][2]


  • Drumdance to the Motherland (1972), Dogtown
  • Give the Vibes Some (1974), Palm Records
  • The River (1978), Philly Jazz, with Bill Lewis
  • Infinity (1984), Stash 278
  • Dark Warrior (1984), SteepleChase
  • Three (1985), SteepleChase
  • The Traveller (1985), SteepleChase
  • Thinking of You (1986), Storyville
  • Speak Easy (1988), Gazell
  • Don't Take No (1989), Vintage Jazz
  • Percussion&Strings (1997), CIMP
  • Cubano Chant (2001), Jambrio 1002
  • Balafon Dance (2002), CIMP
  • Cool (2002), Jambrio
  • Black Awareness (2005), CIMP
  • Return from Exile (2005), Philly Jazz
  • Fire and Water (2007), CIMP
  • Impressions of Coltrane (2009), SteepleChase


  1. ^ a b c d e f Wynn, Ron (1994), Ron Wynn, ed., All Music Guide to Jazz, M. Erlewine, V. Bogdanov, San Francisco: Miller Freeman, pp. 370–371, ISBN 0-87930-308-5 
  2. ^ a b c Cook, Richard; Brian Morton (2008) [1992]. The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings. The Penguin Guide to Jazz (9th ed.). New York: Penguin. pp. 762–763. ISBN 978-0-14-103401-0. 

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