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Art Alert: Oriental jazz musician Yehya Khalil to perform in Cairo, Alex in March

Khalil received the Cairo Opera House Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to enriching musical life in Egypt a few months ago

Ahram Online , Saturday 2 Mar 2019
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Yehia Khalil during a concert at the Cairo Opera House, December 2018 (Photo: Eslam Omar)
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Egyptian jazz musician Yehya Khalil will perform live at the Cairo Opera House on Thursday 14 March, and at the Alexandrian Opera House the next day.

One of the pioneers of the jazz movement in Egypt, Khalil has been keen to perform at least once a month since he received the Cairo Opera House-bestowed Lifetime Achievement Award for his outstanding contribution to enriching musical life in Egypt last year.

The “King of Jazz”, as his fans label him, lived in Chicago in the 1960s and 70s, after joining the American Music Conservatory for two years. He played with many well-known international musicians, including Jimi Hendrix, Ginger Baker, Jeff Bush and Eric Clapton, before returning to Egypt.

Programme:                                                     
Thursday 14 March, 8pm
Small Hall, Cairo Opera House, Zamalek

Friday 15 March, 8pm
Sayed Darwich Hall, Alexandria Opera House

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