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Ghalib Ghallab

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Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Jazz Pianist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Red
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Ramadan
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chicago, Illinois
Favorite Quote:
Information Is Raw Materials For New Ideas.

Birthplace

Born:
7/25/1950
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Jazz Pianist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue, Red
Favorite Food:
Fried Chicken
Favorite Time of Year:
Ramadan
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Chicago, Illinois
Favorite Quote:
Information Is Raw Materials For New Ideas.

Birthplace

Born:
7/25/1950
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Jazz pianist Ghalib Ghallab was born in Chicago, Illinois to Juanita and Kay Thomas. Ghallab attended Harlan High School on Chicago’s south side, playing tuba in the marching band and listening to such jazz stars as Ramsey Lewis and George Shearing. In 1968, Ghallab graduated from high school and attended the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, Illinois, where he took lessons from the world-renowned pianist Willie Pickens.

After a period in the United States military, Ghallab relocated to San Francisco, California, studying music at Napa Junior College and San Francisco State University. He also became involved in the local music scene, performing with such luminaries as McCoy Tyner and Ahmad Jamal and spending hours listening to jazz at the Keystone Korner Club. In 1980, Ghallab released his first record, an LP entitled Morning Sunrise, which explored the sounds of jazz fusion. In 1985, Ghallab released Milestone in My Life, showcasing the influence of R&B in his work. The following year, he married Toya Ghallab, and soon returned to Chicago. Ghallab spent much of the rest of the 1980s in Chicago, performing in The Back Room , a local jazz club, alongside artists Paul Taylor and Daryl Jones.

Ghallab performed in Las Vegas for the first time in 1989, drawing audiences that included Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and James Brown and performing at a multitude of venues, including the Jazz Underground and Aladdin Hotel. He eventually moved to Las Vegas, forming the Ghalib Ghallab Experience alongside his middle son, Jihad Ghallab, a drummer, and bass player Blaise Sison. The group performs throughout Las Vegas, in such venues as Caesar’s Palace. Ghallab lives in Las Vegas and has three children, Ghalib II, Jihad, and Khalid.

Ghallab passed away on June 12, 2018.

Ghalib Ghallab was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on November 3, 2007.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Ghalib Ghallab's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Ghalib Ghallab lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about his mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about his stepfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about his maternal grandmother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about his maternal step-grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Ghalib Ghallab describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about growing up on Chicago's Near West Side
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Ghalib Ghallab describes the sounds, sights, and smells of his childhood in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about his elementary school years
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about his siblings, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about his siblings, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Ghalib Ghallab describes growing up in the Lutheran church
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about attending Harlan High School in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about high school courtship
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about playing music during high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Ghalib Ghallab describes his exposure to different music genres through his stepfather
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about playing the piano
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about gangs in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about living in Detroit, Michigan as a teenager, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about living in Detroit, Michigan as a teenager, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about returning to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about joining the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about the music he played while enlisted in the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about his life prior to joining the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about events of the 1960s and the Contract Buyers League
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Ghalib Ghallab describes working in at Carson Pirie Scott in Chicago, Illinois before joining the U.S. Air Force
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about returning to Chicago, Illinois after leaving the U.S. Air Force and meeting Lonnie Smith
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about his move to California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about sound equipment from the military
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about attending Napa Junior College in Napa, California
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about beginning to play piano seriously, pt. 1
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about beginning to play piano seriously, pt. 2
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about meeting Ahmad Jamal
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Ghalib Ghallab recalls a story from Ahmad Jamal, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Ghalib Ghallab recalls a story from Ahmad Jamal, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Ghalib Ghallab describes his return to Vallejo, California and his turn to Islam
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Ghalib Ghallab describes deciphering Ahmad Jamal's story of the hawk and the jackrabbit
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about becoming a member of the Nation of Islam and forming a jazz ensemble in Vallejo, California
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about his return to Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Ghalib Ghallab reflects on changes in jazz
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about his name change
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about studying with Willie Pickens and playing jazz in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about musicians who visited the Bulls Night Club in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about meeting his wife, Toya Ghallab, and her work
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about performing in Europe and moving to Las Vegas, Nevada without his family
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about his family's move and his work in restaurants and casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Ghalib Ghallab reflects on his personal growth in the early 2000s
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about his son, Jihad Ghallab
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Ghalib Ghallab talks about the current state of the jazz scene
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Ghalib Ghallab reflects on his success as a musician
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Ghalib Ghallab offers advice to those going into the entertainment industry
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Ghalib Ghallab reflects on his hopes for his future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Ghalib Ghallab describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Ghalib Ghallab reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Ghalib Ghallab reflects upon his legacy and how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Ghalib Ghallab narrates his photographs