Jazz musician suspected as terrorist
because of his Arabic name
|An American jazz pianist’s Arabic-sounding name allegedly made over-zealous US officials suspect a link between his payment for a performance in Europe and possible terrorist activities.
The pianist Ahmad Jamal is reported by a Swiss newspaper to have been prevented from collecting his fee from the Swiss Jazz Festival because US authorities have blocked a money transfer of 10,000 US dollars which was sent to him from the organizers of the festival as payment for his performance. Ahmad Jamal’s Arabic-sounding name allegedly made over-zealous US officials suspect a link between the payment and possible terrorist activities.
The 80-year-old American jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal is a well-known and influential composer and educator. In 1994, he received the National Endowment for the Arts American Jazz Masters award and was also named a Duke Ellington Fellow at Yale University. Two of his recordings were used for the soundtrack of Clint Eastwood’s 1995-movie ‘The Bridges of Madison County’.
He was born in Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania where his parents gave him the name Frederick Russell Jones. 22 years old, in 1952, he converted to Islam and took the name Ahmad Jamal.
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