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Jamil Nasser


A tribute to the legacy of Jamil Nasser “UpWrite Bass”

35Jamil Nasser, born George Joyner (June 21, 1932 – February 13, 2010) and also credited on some of Ahmad Jamal‘s recordings as Jamil Sulieman, was an American jazz musician. He played double basselectric bass, and tuba.


Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Nasser learned piano from his mother as a child and started playing bass at age 16. As a student at Arkansas State University, he led the school band, and played bass and tuba in bands while stationed in Koreaas a member of the U.S. Army. Following his discharge he played with B.B. King in 1955 and 1956.

He moved to New York City in 1956, and played with Phineas Newborn and Sonny Rollins before the decade was over. He went on tour in Europe and North Africa with Idrees Sulieman in 1959, then went to Paris and recorded with Lester Young. Nasser moved to Italy briefly from 1961 to 1962; after returning to New York he formed his own trio, playing with the ensemble until 1964. Following this he began work with Ahmad Jamal; the two played together until 1972. He played with Al Haig through the rest of the decade.

In the 1980s and 1990s, he did many sessions with musicians including Clifford JordanJimmy RaneyHarold Mabern,Gene Ammons and Hideaki Yoshioka. Nasser never recorded as a leader.

His son Zaid Nasser is a prominent NYC-based alto saxophonist.

MI0001826043Discography – As Sideman

With Gene Ammons

With Evans Bradshaw

With Randy Weston

With Ahmad Jamal

nasserWith Al Haig

  • Chelsea Bridge (1975)
  • Strings Attached (1975)
  • Ornithology (Progressive Records, 1977)
  • Portrait of Bud Powell (1977)
  • Reminiscence (1977)
  • Serendipity (1977)

With Phineas Newborn

  • Phineas’ Rainbow (1956)

With Lou Donaldson

With Red Garland

With others

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