Ahmad Jamal

September 14, 2012

He calls jazz "American classical music," and he considers his ensemble "of whatever size"an orchestra. His name is Ahmad Jamal, and for five decades, he has been one of the most successful small-group leaders in jazz. The pianist will bring the other three members of his current "orchestra" to Urbana on Saturday to recreate their latest CD, and he'll be my guest on the Friday edition of Live and Local.