Award-winning American musician and filmmaker Questlove has reacted to the passing of jazz pianist Ahmad Jamal, and he is truly devasted.
Ahmad Jamal passed away on Sunday, April 16, 2023, at his home in Ashley Falls, Mass, aged 92. According to Sumayah Jamal, the daughter of the legendary pianist, the cause of his death was prostate cancer.
Jamal is known for his unique style and has inspired many jazz musicians across the world. He won many accolades and honors, including the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master award, Grammy’s Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into France’s Order of Arts and Letters.
Reacting to his death, Questlove, who seems to have drawn inspiration from Jamal’s talent, took to his official Instagram page to mourn him.
He shared a black and white photo of Jamal and described his life as a ‘blessed’ one. He wrote: “Ahmad Jamal. 1930-2023. a blessed life. Respect.”
His fans were equally devastated by the passing of Ahmad Jamal.
“I literally was listening to the Jamal Plays Jamal album last night..one of my favorites,” an Instagram user said.
One said: “No. F.. way. I’m devastated. A true inspiration since my early collecting days and always one of my favs of all time!!”
“I loved his music. The people who sampled him knew greatness from the first needle drop. Thanks and God bless his soul,” another added.
The final funeral rites and burial service for Ahmad Jamal are yet to be announced by his beloved family.