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Jamil Sulieman Nasser

Jamil Nasser (George Joyner) was born in Memphis, Tennessee on June 21, 1932. He attended Booker T Washington along with Louis Smith and Phineas Newborn.

He began playing the bass 1949, he was selected to play bass with the school dance band after an impromptu audition. The Director was Phineas Newborn Jr. Jamil and Phineas recorded in Memphis in 1953 for Peacock Records. They were both drafted in to the Armed Forces in the Special Services Unit. Other members included, Wynton Kelly, Duke Pearson, and Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock from Star Trek).

Upon being released in 1955, Jamil joined BB Kings band, and played the Electric Bass(a newly created instrument at that time) Phineas asked Jamil to join him in New York for his debut at the Basin Street East in 1956. They were well received by the musicians and the Jazz fans in New York. The trio was invited on the Birdland tour in 1957.

More to follow in a book to be published soon.


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