Ghalib Ghallab
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  • Las Vegas, NV
  • United States
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Ghalib Ghallab plays "feel good" music that does all that … and so much more. The stylish keyboards player, composer and compelling vocalist continues to enthrall audiences in his adopted hometown of Las Vegas, where he serves up a unique jazz-rooted blend of musical influences that stands alone for its inventiveness, integrity and infectious grooves. Indeed, the Ghalib Ghallab Experience, featuring prodigal son Jihad Ghallab on drums, defies any easy categories as it delivers an array of alluring sounds ranging from simmering Latin sambas and strident modern funk to classical trio-format jazz and rollicking roadhouse blues. "I just call it Ghalib Ghallab music," says the modest Chicago-born Ghallab, whose engaging live performances and distinctive sound have made him one of Las Vegas’ most respected and requested entertainers.

The Experience features Ghalib’s craftsmanship on electric and acoustic pianos. His dexterous right hand fires out thrilling keyboard runs while his solid left helps anchor the trio’s ever ready grooves and adventurous improvisations. Jihad’s skills on drums add extra luster to an ensemble sound that’s always fresh, rich and irresistible, the group is rounded out by talented bass player Khalid Ghallab, who helps supply a solid foundation. This jazz experience is a rewarding musical journey that’s fittingly all over the musical map. Surrounded by musically oriented parents and relatives, young Ghallab started out playing tuba in his high school marching band. A stint in the military he relocated to the "His early days found him leading straight-ahead jazz ensembles while also focusing on the progressive be-bop of John Coltrane and contemporary funk of George Duke. His creative new sound drew immediate interest and Ghallab worked his way up to prestigious Chicago venues such as the Bull’s Jazz club.

Noted musicians that have come through Ghallib’s bandstand are saxophonist Paul Taylor and bassist Daryl Jones. Ghallab played his first dates in jazz-starved Las Vegas in 1989, quickly drawing enthusiastic audiences. Five-star hotels Ceasar’s, Harrah’s and the Rio hotels created an immediate demand for Ghallib’s musicial performances where he has been performing for the past 20 years. With ongoing support from his wife, Toya, the Ghalib Ghallab Experience has matured into a vital part of the Las Vegas musical landscape. His engaging and versatile sound has developed a devoted following among local residents, critics, fellow musicians and tourist from all over the world.

Ghalib Ghallab has recorded eleven albums and CD's, available via and and is currently working on his twelfth self-produced effort while headlining the The Range Steakhouse at Harrah’s Hotel. In short, it’s an Experience that’s not to be missed.

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One thing I have to say about Ghalib Ghallab is that your first impression is that he has a very warm presence about him. His spirit is inviting. You know when you meet him that you have met a man of character. I found a very humble man with many dreams with most of them fulfilled. He’s on a new quest now, he has his son’s performing with him, Jihad on drums and Khalid on bass. He takes such pride in this kindred trio for he has taught them music from his ‘father-like soul’. It truly is an experience to witness this collaboration in kind. I asked Ghalib some questions about his history so that we could “go back” with him if you will. He shared with me how much he loves to entertain, he stated "My playing is percussive and always aiming for that special groove that hits home. That’s what I’m all about, making people feel good and playing what comes naturally. "I truly feel blessed to be able to express myself musically and make my audiences happy," he continues. "I love to entertain and now, having Jihad playing drums and my youngest son Khalid on Bass with me, it’s become a family affair. We’re out there keeping it real and working hard while having fun. It doesn’t get any better than that." The diversity reflects Ghallab’s own varied musical upbringing, one that started in Chicago where he grew up listening to such seminal musicians as Herbie Hancock, Grover Washington and Ramsey Lewis. "I used to watch all those cats," Ghallab recalls, "and I learned something from every one of them." Influenced by live performances by jazz greats such as McCoy Tyner and Ahmad Jamal he studied music at Napa Junior College, but also credits countless hours listening to jazz giants at San Francisco's Keystone Korner Jazz Club for his decision to focus on a career in music.

Being a ‘mainstay’ in the Las Vegas music scene for 20 years, I asked him if he desired to venture out into the world with his music as in jazz festivals or other venues worldwide. He felt that he didn’t want to necessarily leave ‘his base of operation’ but was open to worldwide exposure as a jazz pianist, recording artist and producer. I invited to various festivals worldwide, I’d happy to attend. “Since acting as an ambassor for the city and representing The Jazz Network Worldwide in Las Vegas I invite those to come and visit me at Harrah’s.

On a personal note I wanted to know what he’d like to see from his current musical journey and he stated candidly “It’s becoming more,... I like to express my faith through my music, my belief in God in reaching out to others to find their God, the next CD will be relative to that since I am at this spiritual level”.

Well Ghalib, its an honor to share that space with you, I have enjoyed ‘getting to know you’ and now that The Jazz Network Worldwide resides in your city, we will be seeing much more of what you bring to life through your music worldwide.

May your journey bring warm and happy melodies to all of us,

God Bless you!
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I love The Jazz Network because its a congregation of musicians and artists who are all expounding upon their artistry from within. This network that you, Jaijai Jackson has established gives us the opportunity to communicate to each other to share our ideas on ways of getting that music out. Thank you Jaijai for giving me this sense of collaborative inspiration.

Ghalib Ghallab

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Las Vegas, Nevada
What is your affiliation to the Jazz World?
Musical Artist, Producer, Vocalist, Manager, Record Label, Arranger, Composer, Recording Engineer, Recording Studio
Tell us a little about your background...
I'm a Jazz Pianist/Vocalist, Arranger , Producer. I have my own Recording Studio ( Pro Tools HD2 System, D-Command Board), Live Trio currently performing at Harrah's Hotel Las Vegas on the strip. New CD titled Toya's Song (10 Tracks )
How did you hear about the Jazz Network? Please give full name of contact
Rick Arroyo
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Vocalist, Piano
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Posted on January 10, 2010 at 6:17pm 0 Comments

Happy Birthday and much continued success to you and the website.
Big Hugs from Sri Lanka

Love Yea Much

PRESS RELEASE - Ghalib Ghallab - the "Chicago Contemporary Jazz Legend" to perform at Park Street Mews Colombo, Sri Lanka

Posted on January 5, 2010 at 12:52am 6 Comments

January 7 thru 10, 2010

Harpos' Cafes & Restaurants present the famed Jazz Legend Ghalib Ghallab Jazz Experience

from Las Vegas, NV., featuring Jihad Ghallab his son (Drums) and Rick Arroyo (Percussion)

at Park Street Mews Colombo, Sri Lanka on January 7 thru 10, 2010.

The stylish jazz pianist, composer and compelling vocalist continues to enthrall audiences in his adapted home town of Las Vegas since 1989.

He serves up a unique blend of musical… Continue

Ghalib Ghallab Jazz Experience in Colombo, Sri Lanka where Jazz is Alive and Well

Posted on January 3, 2010 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

We here in Colombo, Sri Lanka to do a series of Jazz Performances in various venues including Chennai and Banglaore, India also Dubai, UAE and it has started off wonderfully well.

After fifteen hours of traveling from Las Vegas to Dubai, UAE a seven hour layover and a four hour flight from Dubai to Colombo, Sri Lanka total twenty six hours of travel time we landed upon this this country… Continue

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At 4:53pm on December 31, 2010, Terrance Hazly said…

thanx for the friendship hope u enjoy the music drop by anytime peace!


At 7:53pm on October 25, 2010, Kaye said…
Hi Ghalib,
Haven't seen or spoken to you in a while. I will have to check your page more often. Wish I could come hang out at Blue Martini tonight hard during week...maybe soon with holidays coming up surely I'll get out more. Take care my friend. Hugs............. Kaye~
At 3:27pm on August 21, 2010, James Barela said…
Hey Ghalib. Thanks for connecting. Long time no see. Hope all is well and see you soon.

James Barela
At 4:25am on July 27, 2010, Petra Caramela said…
Hi Ghalib! Check out my new cd:
Have fun!
At 1:29am on July 7, 2010, Jaijai Jackson said…
Sup, Ghalib??
At 12:50am on March 26, 2010, Jaijai Jackson said…
Hey Ghalib,

Came by to bite my lower lip and feel the groove.

Hope you are enjoying your music player, thanks for being one of the first grouping of artists to "jump on the bandwagon"

Great page! See you at Harrah's real soon,

At 11:35am on March 1, 2010, DENNIS NELSON said…
thanks for checking me out maybe one day we could play together. peace Dennis Nelson
At 4:29am on February 8, 2010, Gatsby Melodi said…
just as soon as i can figure out how to get some of your songs on to my page i am taking you there..happy new year by the way...all the best always,
At 6:25pm on December 9, 2009, Bigtrigger said…
Shoot me an e-mail
At 12:28pm on November 24, 2009, Jaijai Jackson said…
Lookin' good there Mr. "G"...on the featured spot! Enjoy the worldwide spot with your gracious musical heart.












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