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Sahib Shihab (born Edmund Gregory; June 23, 1925 – October 24, 1989) was an American jazz and hard bop saxophonist (baritone, alto, and soprano) and flautist. He variously worked with Luther Henderson, Thelonious Monk, Fletcher Henderson, Tadd Dameron, Dizzy Gillespie, Kenny Clarke, John Coltrane and Quincy Jones among others.

Sahib Shihab
Background information
Birth nameEdmund Gregory
Born(1925-06-23)June 23, 1925
Savannah, Georgia, U.S.
DiedOctober 24, 1989(1989-10-24) (aged 64)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Musician
InstrumentsBaritone, soprano and alto saxophone, Flute and alto flute
Years active1940s–1980s
Associated actsGene Quill, Phil Woods, Hal Stein, Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band

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He was born in Savannah, Georgia, United States. Edmund Gregory first played alto saxophone professionally for Luther Henderson aged 13, and studied at the Boston Conservatory, and to perform with trumpeter Roy Eldridge. He played lead alto with Fletcher Henderson in the mid-1940s.

He was one of the first jazz musicians to convert to Islam and changed his name in 1947. During the late 1940s, Shihab played with Thelonious Monk, and on July 23, 1951 he recorded with Monk (later issued on the album Genius of Modern Music: Volume 2). During this period, he also appeared on recordings by Art Blakey, Kenny Dorham and Benny Golson. The invitation to play with Dizzy Gillespie's big band in the early 1950s was of particular significance, as it marked Shihab's switch to baritone.

On August 12, 1958, Shihab was one of the musicians photographed by Art Kane in his photograph known as "A Great Day in Harlem". In 1959, he toured Europe with Quincy Jones, after becoming disillusioned with racial politics in United States and ultimately settled in Scandinavia, first in Stockholm, Sweden and from 1964 in Copenhagen, Denmark. He worked for Copenhagen Polytechnic and wrote scores for television, cinema and theatre. He wrote a ballet based on the Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, The Red Shoes.

In Denmark, Shihab performed with local musicians such as the bass player Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen amongst others. Together with pianist Kenny Drew, he ran a publishing firm and record company.

In 1961, he joined the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band and remained a member of the band for the 12 years it existed. He married a Danish woman and raised a family in Europe.

In the Eurovision Song Contest 1966, Shihab accompanied Lill Lindfors and Svante Thuresson on stage for the Swedish entry "Nygammal Vals".

In 1973, Shihab returned to the United States for a three-year hiatus, working as a session musician for rock and pop artists and undertaking work as a copyist for local musicians. He spent his remaining years between New York and Copenhagen and played in a partnership with Art Farmer. He also led his own jazz combo called Dues.

From 1986, Shihab was a visiting artist at Rutgers University.

Shihab died from liver cancer on October 24, 1989, in Nashville, Tennessee, United States, aged 64.

As leader

As sideman

With Art Blakey

With Brass Fever

With Donald Byrd

With Betty Carter

With the Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band

With John Coltrane

With Tadd Dameron

With Art Farmer

With Curtis Fuller and Hampton Hawes

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Benny Golson

With Johnny Griffin

  • Lady Heavy Bottom's Waltz (1968)
  • Griff 'N Bags

With George Gruntz

  • Noon in Tunisia (1967)

With Roy Haynes

With Milt Jackson

With Philly Joe Jones

With Quincy Jones

With Abbey Lincoln

With Howard McGhee

With Thelonious Monk

With Phineas Newborn, Jr.

With Oscar Pettiford

With Specs Powell

With A. K. Salim

With Tony Scott

With Mal Waldron

With Julius Watkins and Charlie Rouse

With Randy Weston

With Gene Quill, Hal Stein and Phil Woods

With Phil Woods

With Idrees Sulieman

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  4. "Sahib Shihab | Biography & History". AllMusic. RetrievedAugust 1, 2021.
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Sahib Shihab Language Watch Edit This article needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed Find sources Sahib Shihab news newspapers books scholar JSTOR September 2014 Learn how and when to remove this template message Sahib Shihab born Edmund Gregory June 23 1925 October 24 1989 was an American jazz and hard bop saxophonist baritone alto and soprano and flautist He variously worked with Luther Henderson Thelonious Monk Fletcher Henderson Tadd Dameron Dizzy Gillespie Kenny Clarke John Coltrane and Quincy Jones among others 1 Sahib ShihabBackground informationBirth nameEdmund GregoryBorn 1925 06 23 June 23 1925 Savannah Georgia U S DiedOctober 24 1989 1989 10 24 aged 64 Nashville Tennessee U S GenresJazzOccupation s MusicianInstrumentsBaritone soprano and alto saxophone Flute and alto fluteYears active1940s 1980sAssociated actsGene Quill Phil Woods Hal Stein Kenny Clarke Francy Boland Big Band Contents 1 Biography 2 Discography 2 1 As leader 2 2 As sideman 3 ReferencesBiography EditHe was born in Savannah Georgia United States 2 Edmund Gregory first played alto saxophone professionally for Luther Henderson aged 13 3 and studied at the Boston Conservatory 4 and to perform with trumpeter Roy Eldridge 2 He played lead alto with Fletcher Henderson in the mid 1940s 2 He was one of the first jazz musicians to convert to Islam and changed his name in 1947 2 During the late 1940s Shihab played with Thelonious Monk 2 and on July 23 1951 he recorded with Monk later issued on the album Genius of Modern Music Volume 2 5 During this period he also appeared on recordings by Art Blakey Kenny Dorham and Benny Golson 2 The invitation to play with Dizzy Gillespie s big band in the early 1950s was of particular significance as it marked Shihab s switch to baritone 2 On August 12 1958 Shihab was one of the musicians photographed by Art Kane in his photograph known as A Great Day in Harlem In 1959 he toured Europe with Quincy Jones 2 after becoming disillusioned with racial politics in United States and ultimately settled in Scandinavia first in Stockholm Sweden and from 1964 in Copenhagen Denmark 4 He worked for Copenhagen Polytechnic and wrote scores for television cinema and theatre He wrote a ballet based on the Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen s fairy tale The Red Shoes 2 In Denmark Shihab performed with local musicians such as the bass player Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen amongst others Together with pianist Kenny Drew he ran a publishing firm and record company In 1961 he joined the Kenny Clarke Francy Boland Big Band and remained a member of the band for the 12 years it existed 2 He married a Danish woman and raised a family in Europe In the Eurovision Song Contest 1966 Shihab accompanied Lill Lindfors and Svante Thuresson on stage for the Swedish entry Nygammal Vals In 1973 Shihab returned to the United States for a three year hiatus working as a session musician for rock and pop artists and undertaking work as a copyist for local musicians He spent his remaining years between New York and Copenhagen and played in a partnership with Art Farmer 6 He also led his own jazz combo called Dues From 1986 Shihab was a visiting artist at Rutgers University 7 Shihab died from liver cancer on October 24 1989 in Nashville Tennessee United States aged 64 1 Discography EditAs leader Edit 1957 The Jazz We Heard Last Summer Savoy split album shared with Herbie Mann 1957 Jazz Sahib Savoy 1963 Sahib s Jazz Party Debut also released as Conversations 1964 Summer Dawn Argo 1965 Sahib Shihab and the Danish Radio Jazz Group Oktav 1968 Seeds Vogue Schallplatten 1964 70 Companionship Vogue Schallplatten 1972 Sentiments Storyville 1972 La Marche dans le Desert Sahib Shihab Gilson Unit Futura 1973 Flute Summit Atlantic with Jeremy Steig James Moody and Chris Hinze 1988 Soul Mates Uptown with Charlie Rouse 1998 And All Those Cats compilation As sideman Edit With Art Blakey Theory of Art 1957 Art Blakey Big Band Bethlehem 1957 With Brass Fever Time Is Running Out Impulse 1976 With Donald Byrd Jazz Lab Columbia 1957 with Gigi Gryce Modern Jazz Perspective Columbia 1957 with Gigi Gryce With Betty Carter Out There 1958 I Can t Help It 1992 With the Kenny Clarke Francy Boland Big Band Jazz Is Universal Atlantic 1962 Handle with Care Atlantic 1963 Now Hear Our Meanin Columbia 1963 1965 Swing Waltz Swing Philips 1966 Sax No End SABA 1967 Out of the Folk Bag Columbia 1967 17 Men and Their Music Campi 1967 All Smiles MPS 1968 Faces MPS 1969 Latin Kaleidoscope MPS 1968 Fellini 712 MPS 1969 All Blues MPS 1969 More Smiles MPS 1969 Clarke Boland Big Band en Concert avec Europe 1 Trema 1969 1992 Off Limits Polydor 1970 November Girl Black Lion 1970 1975 with Carmen McRae Change of Scenes Verve 1971 with Stan Getz With John Coltrane Coltrane 1957 With Tadd Dameron Fontainebleau 1956 With Art Farmer Manhattan Soul Note 1981 With Curtis Fuller and Hampton Hawes Curtis Fuller and Hampton Hawes with French Horns Status 1957 1962 also released as Baritones and French Horns Prestige 1957 With Dizzy Gillespie Jazz Recital Norgran 1955 The Dizzy Gillespie Reunion Big Band MPS 1968 With Benny Golson Benny Golson s New York Scene Contemporary 1957 Take a Number from 1 to 10 Argo 1961 With Johnny Griffin Lady Heavy Bottom s Waltz 1968 Griff N Bags With George Gruntz Noon in Tunisia 1967 With Roy Haynes Jazz Abroad Emarcy 1955 With Milt Jackson Plenty Plenty Soul Atlantic 1957 With Philly Joe Jones Drums Around the World Riverside 1959 With Quincy Jones The Birth of a Band Mercury 1959 The Great Wide World of Quincy Jones Mercury 1959 I Dig Dancers Mercury 1960 Quincy Plays for Pussycats Mercury 1959 65 1965 With Abbey Lincoln It s Magic Riverside 1958 With Howard McGhee The Return of Howard McGhee Bethlehem 1955 With Thelonious Monk Genius of Modern Music Volume 1 Blue Note 1947 Genius of Modern Music Volume 2 Blue Note 1951 With Phineas Newborn Jr Phineas Newborn Jr Plays Harold Arlen s Music from Jamaica RCA Victor 1957 With Oscar Pettiford The Oscar Pettiford Orchestra in Hi Fi Volume Two ABC Paramount 1957 With Specs Powell Movin In Roulette 1957 With A K Salim Blues Suite Savoy 1958 With Tony Scott The Modern Art of Jazz 1957 Seeco with Bill Evans Paul Motian Free Blown Jazz 1957 Carlton with Bill Evans Paul Motian With Mal Waldron Mal 2 1957 With Julius Watkins and Charlie Rouse The Jazz Modes Atlantic 1959 With Randy Weston Uhuru Afrika Roulette 1960 With Gene Quill Hal Stein and Phil Woods Four Altos Prestige 1957 With Phil Woods Rights of Swing Candid 1961 With Idrees Sulieman The Camel Columbia 1964 References Edit a b Doc Rock The Dead Rock Stars Club 1980s Thedeadrockstarsclub com Retrieved September 1 2014 a b c d e f g h i j Colin Larkin ed 1992 The Guinness Who s Who of Jazz First ed Guinness Publishing p 362 ISBN 0 85112 580 8 Artist Profiles Sahib Shihab Seeds And Sentiments Allaboutjazz com Retrieved September 1 2014 a b Sahib Shihab Biography amp History AllMusic Retrieved August 1 2021 Genius of Modern Music Vol 2 Thelonious Monk Songs Reviews Credits AllMusic Retrieved August 1 2021 Sahib Shihab Biography AllMusic Retrieved September 1 2014 JazzWax Jazzwax com Retrieved August 1 2021 Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Sahib Shihab amp oldid 1045261928, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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