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Percussionist, Composer, Orchestrator, and more ...

Emmanuel Abdul-Rahim is an internationally renown musician, a professional
artist for over 50 years. He is a master percussionist, composer, author, arranger, orchestrator, adjuster, educator and master sound recording engineer.

He has written, recorded, and taught many in film score composition, orchestrations, arrangements, and transcribing for all variety of musical units.

Born: NYC, NY
Residences: New York City, NY & Copenhagen, Denmark
Principal Instruments: Percussion, Drums
Hon. Ph.D, Yale University
Masters Degree in Rhythm
Studied composition at Berklee College

Mr. Abdul-Rahim is perhaps best known for his recordings under his name and that of the Latin-Jazz Quintet with Eric Dolphy. His creative abilities have been expressed in countless works with other truly great artists.
Emmanuel Abdul-Rahim is the leader and artist in the renown 1960-1961 recording "Hot Sauce" by the Original Latin-Jazz Quintet, which is a five
star 'must have CD in ones collection'.

Some of the finest that Emmanuel Abdul-Rahim has worked with in his outstanding career include Sir Edward "Duke" Ellington and his Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Slide Hampton Orchestra, the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Thad Jones Eclipse Orchestra, John Coltrane, Jesper Johanson,
Art Blakeys Jazz Messengers, Jimmy Jones, John Birks "Dizzy" Gillispie,
James Moody, Roy Haynes, Johnny M'Bizo Dyani, Shirley Scott, Sir Roland Hanna, Horace Parlan, Kenny Barron, Steve Berrios, Eddie Gladden, Joe
Newman, Bob Cranshaw, Randy Brecker, Eric Dolphy, Don Shirley, Ahmad Jamal, Jerome Richardson, Bill Ellington, Ernie Wilkins Almost Big Band, Bent Jaedig, Richard Boone, Clark Terry, Sarah Vaughn, Miriam Makeba, Alice
Babs, Josephine Baker, Aretha Franklin, Irma Franklin, Jackie "Mom" Mabley,
The Four Tops, Dinah Ross, Esther Williams, Jimmy Cliff, and Marion Marlow.

REVIEW: Sir "Duke" Ellingtons The Jaywalker
So what makes The Jaywalker memorable? The Ellington band is joined by a percussionist, Emmanuel Abdul-Rahim. The empathy between Abdul-Rahim on conga drums and Ellington on piano is as imaginative as anything you'll find in Ellington's output during these years. What Chano Pozo was to Dizzy Gillespie, Abdul-Rahim might have been to Ellington, had they had a longer
musical relationship. Odd that Ellington didn't establish more working relationships with conga drummers, but we can be grateful for the ecstatic
conversation that Abdul-Rahim and Ellington establish.

The Jaywalker is not essential Ellington, but has value for revealing the Duke's special affection for drummers not purely within a jazz bag.

TEACHING: Schillinger System and advance rhythm composition taught privately in Europe for 25 years.

Teacher at Denmarks Royal Conservatory Of Music, orchestra master classes. Copenhagen, Danish Jazz Conservatory Copenhagen 2 years.
Odense Conservatory Of Music 3 years.
Master Classes at Aarhus Music Conservatory Denmark.
Denmark's Music School System 5 years.

FILMS: Original music composed and recorded for the Danish film The Foreign
Correspondent, for Jørgen Leth. Composed and recorded original music for
Crone Films/Nordic Films documentary Peter von Scholten. Composed and recorded original percussion music for the Danish film The African Eurasian Eclipse.

TV: Ellington Is Forever, CBS TV New York City. Berlin Jazz-Tag at the
Berlin Philharmonic with Thad Jones Orchestra.
Swedish TV with Thad Jones Orchestra.
Denmark TV with "Dizzy" Gillispie Live At Tivoli.
Denmark TV at the Copenhagen Jazz Festival with Emmanuel Abdul-Rahim and his Orchestra.
Copenhagen Jazz Festival Emmanuel Abdul-Rahim's Orchestra.
Copenhagen Jazz Festival with Thad Jones "Eclipes Orchestra."
Danish TV composed and performed original work for GIA, with 800 Danish voices and Big Band live in Aarhus Concert Hall.
Composed original compositions and recorded for Denmark's Radio/TV.

Ballet Companies: Katherine Dunham Dance Company, Syvilla Forte Dance
Company,Talley Beatty Dance Company, Alvin Alley Dance Company,
The Eartha Kitt Foundation in Harlem.

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At 9:15pm on September 28, 2014, Evan Ingalls said…

Thank you, Emmanuel, for welcoming me! :)

At 9:51am on September 24, 2014, Art Lowell said…

Thank you, EAR

At 12:53pm on September 23, 2014, Georg Niedermeier said…
thank you!
Here’s a bit of my stuff; I'm composing just for fun.
At 10:12am on September 23, 2014, tim corpus said…

Thank you. I'm interested to work with  this site.

At 12:20pm on September 9, 2014, Janet Hadler said…

thank you.

At 3:04am on August 22, 2014, Carlo Muscat said…

Thanks you EAR

At 1:45pm on June 10, 2014, Tim Shaw said…

Cheers EAR! I never knew this site existed. What a great resource and community!

At 12:40pm on June 10, 2014, Acacio Piedade said…

Thanks EAR, It's such a nice place! So many interesting stuff and people! Cool!


At 5:33pm on June 9, 2014, Antonio J. Cebrián said…

Thanks EAR. This is a very interesting place.

At 4:09pm on June 9, 2014, David Berlin said…

Thank you very much.  I am looking forward to the activities and possible collaborations here.

EAR's Blog

* Origins Of Jazz---Explanation Of "Swing."

Posted on March 10, 2013 at 5:30pm 19 Comments

"I will begin what I have to say in this brief discussion by asking: do the

critics realize that all swing music is actually performed not in 8/8, most

certainly not in 4/4, but in 12/12 time? 

Well, it is true. 

"This is not an opinion. So much that is written about swing consists simply

in ingenious opinions that we sometimes forget that there are also facts to

be had about music. It is a fact that all swing music as now performed…


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