Emmanuel Abdul-Rahim, aka Juan Amalbert, is an internationally renowned musician and 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 film scores, composition, orchestrations, and arrangements for various 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 great artist. Emmanuel Abdul-Rahim is the leader and artist in the renowned 1960-1961 recording “Hot Sauce” by the Original Latin-Jazz Quintet, a five-star must-have CD in one’s collection. Some of the finest that Emmanuel Abdul-Rahim has worked with in his outstanding career as an accompanist, arranger, conductor, and producer is with such Great Artists as Sir Edward “Duke” Ellington and his Orchestra, the Count Basie Orchestra, the Slide Hampton Orchestra, the Lionel Hampton Orchestra, Thad Jones Eclipse Orchestra, “Slide Hampton 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, Lloyd Price, The Four Tops, Dinah Ross, Esther Williams, Jimmy Cliff, and Marion Marlow.
TEACHING: Schillinger System and advanced rhythm composition taught privately. In Europe for 25 years. A 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 ConservatoryDenmark. 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. Oslo, Norway 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 “Eclipse Orchestra.” Danish TV composed and performed original work for GIA, with 800 Danish voices and Big Band live in Aarhus Concert Hall. Written 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.
A graduate of Empire State College with a dual major in journalism and Latin American studies, Editor-in-Chief Tomas Peña has spent years applying his knowledge and writing skills to the promotion of great musicians. A specialist in the crossroads between jazz and Latin music, Peña has written extensively on the subject. His writing appears on Latin Jazz Network; Chamber Music America magazine and numerous other publications.


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