I am honored to be the 1st guest on Antonio Parker's new show called "A Conversation in Jazz". Take a quick listen to part 1, 2 and 3. We will touch on my life in jazz, my father, jazz bassist Jamil Nasser's life in jazz and much more. Catch them all.
Upright Bass: The Musical Life & Legacy of Jamil Nasser has been released as an Ebook through Amazon!
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Jamil Nasser Playing Bass
The Musical Life and Legacy of Jamil Nasser
George Joyner, Jamil Sulieman, and Jamil Nasser are three names that appear on the records of Phineas Newborn, Lou Donaldson, Ahmad Jamal, and Red Garland. These names identify one jazz bassist, composer, and jazz advocate, who made an indelible mark in the jazz world for over fifty years.
Upright Bass chronicles his evolution from a young bassist on Beale Street to a top flight bassist on the New York Jazz scene. Miles Davis harbored curiosity about the environment that produced Jamil and three Memphis musicians he hired in 1963. "I wondered what they were doing down there when all the guys came through that same school."
Nasser's narrative captures the untold stories of two piano giants Phineas Newborn and Oscar Dennard. He also shares anecdotes about his mentors: Papa Jo Jones, Lester Young, Charles Mingus, Oscar Pettiford, and Ray Brown. Moreover, Jamil describes his decade long tenure with Ahmad Jamal, which included a life-threatening imprisonment in South America. Finally, we learn about the perils of heroin addiction, his plight as an outspoken jazz artist fighting for greater union representation, media access, healthcare, and self-ownership.
"This is a celebratory and worthy tribute to a jazz great!"
"A compelling as-told-to memoir...!"
New York City Jazz Record
"A fascinating portrait of a straightahead bass player"
Jazz Journal -UK
"Muneer's Nasser rhythmic prose swings joyfully through the life & times of one of jazz's greatest and most innovative bassists."
The Journal of Roots Music