Tani Tabbal

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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.[1]

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.[2]

Tabbal also plays percussion instruments of West Africa (djembe and doundoun), North India (tabla), and North Africa (doumbec).



  1. ^ Kelman, John (2008-05-01). "Boustrophedon". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  2. ^ Tysh, George (2002-01-09). "Miracle man". Detroit Metro Times. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 

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