Combining smooth jazz with elements of African style, Abdullah Ibrahim has drawn comparisons with musicians such as Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. The South African pianist will give jazz fans in Tokyo and Kyoto a taste of this combination when he returns to Japan on tour this week.
Ibrahim’s name may not be familiar to fans of his early work. The pianist was born Adolph Johannes Brand in Cape Town, South Africa. He changed his name after converting to Islam.