Tani Tabbal is a jazz drummer.
By age fourteen Tabbal was playing professionally, performing with Oscar Brown Jr. In his teens he also performed with Phil Cohran and the Sun Ra Arkestra.
Tabbal has recorded, performed and toured with a wide range of musicians, including Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Braxton, Oliver Lake, Muhal Richard Abrams, Henry Threadgill, Richard Davis, David Murray, James Carter, Geri Allen, and Cassandra Wilson. Recently he has recorded with Evan Parker in his Transatlantic Art Ensemble.
He has also performed with the Detroit group Griot Galaxy and in the percussion ensemble ‘Pieces of Time’ along with Andrew Cyrille, Famoudou Don Moye, and Obo Addy.
In 2001 he was treated for a brain tumour.
Tabbal also plays percussion instruments of West Africa (djembe and doundoun), North India (tabla), and North Africa (doumbec).
- James Carter Quartet
- In Carterian Fashion - (Atlantic #83082-2)
- Conversin¹ With The Elders - (Atlantic #82908-2)
- The Quiet Storm - (Atlantic)
- Jurassic Classics - (DIW #886)
- J.C. On The Set - (DIW #875)
- Rod Williams
- Destiny Express - (Muse Records #5412)
- Hanging In The Balance - (Muse Records #5380)
- Spencer Barefield / Tony Holland / Tani Tabbal Trio
- Live at Nickelsdorf - (Sound Aspects)
- Sun Ra Arkestra
- Dual Change - (Saturn Records)
- Somewhere Else - (Rounder)
- Geri Allen
- Maroons - (Blue Note #CDP0777-7-9949328)
- Twylight - (Verve #841-152-2)
- In the Middle - (Minor Music #1013)
- Griot Galaxy
- Live at the D.I.A. (Entropy #001)
- Opus Krampus - (Sound Aspect #004)
- Kins - (Black and White #001)
- Shadow and Light
(Tani Tabbal, Joe McPhee, Joe Girardulo, Mike Bisio)
- Now Is - (Drimala Records #03-347-02)
- Shadow and Light - (Drimila Records #02-347-01)
- John Menegon featuring Dewey Redman
- Search Light - (Jazz in the Mountains)
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