Mamdouh Bahri
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"Many thanks Manee for the birthday wish. Have a wonderful day!"
Aug 1, 2009
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"Happy Birthday Mamdouh! Peace and Enjoy The Ride! Luiz"
Jul 30, 2009
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Where are you located?
Montpellier, France
Tell us a little about your background...
Guitarist/composer, Mamdouh Bahri was born in Sfax (Tunisia) and came to Montpellier, in the south of France, at the age of 25. He grew up listening to the traditional music of Tunisia, where he absorbed the Eastern strains into his music and started playing Derbouka (hand drum percussion). As a teenager, he listened to Jimi Hendrix, Carlos Santana, Eric Clapton and B.B. King. When he got his first guitar at eighteen, he started emulating their sounds and performing with local bands, adding his own personal flair to the popular songs of the seventies. When he heard George Benson's "Weekend in L.A.", he got interested in jazz and started listening to the work of Benson, Wes Montgomery, and Joe Pass, and later to Pat Martino, which sparked a lifelong love of jazz. In 1982, he moved to Montpellier and was recruited by JAM (Jazz Action Montpellier) to teach music, and played a key role in the development of the organization until 1991. He became a very active musician and has kept an open musical mind, listening to more jazz (Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, and Miles Davis) and learning to play straight-ahead jazz. His first recording "Song for Sarah", recorded in 1987, was post-bop funk-oriented. In 1988, Mamdouh Bahri came up with a unique way of propelling his Mediterranean heritage mixed with the jazz and Blues. From 1989 to 1993, he formed a quartet with the pianist Horace Parlan that also included Italian bassist Riccardo Del Fra and drummer Idris Muhammad from New Orleans. In 1991, they recorded live in Carthage, the CD "From Tunisia with Love". In 1991, he moved to New York City and joined the collective "The Spirit of Life Ensemble" led by Daoud Williams, and performed with Talib Kibwe, Ted Curson, Michael Cochrane, and Winard Harper, among others. He recorded seven albums with them, using his distinctive playing and compositional skills to bring freshness to the sound of the collective. In 1993, he released his third album "Nefta". The original tunes were influenced by a variety of musical traditions including Middle Eastern, Jazz and North African music. In 1998, he continued with an acoustic album "African Flame" in trio (guitar, percussion & bass), exploring and growing his music, transcending cultural, genre and language barriers. Now he is taking all these diverse influences and styles and mixing them with jazz all over again.
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At 5:30pm on July 30, 2009, Luiz Santos said…
Happy Birthday Mamdouh!
Peace and Enjoy The Ride!
At 8:21am on July 30, 2009, Manee Valentine said…
Happy Birthday Mandouh!
At 4:37am on July 30, 2009, Sandi said…
Wishing you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY today!
At 4:01am on November 12, 2008, tommie brewster said…
Thanks for your comments and encouragement..............
appreciate it!
At 1:54am on June 28, 2008, Greg Searvance said…

Good to play with you. I will see you on the next one. Sorry for the slow response.
At 12:14am on March 29, 2008, Cynthia Hilts said…
Hey, your page is so groovy, mon frere! Je suis juste au moment d'aller a Mexique. Ahhhh! On se parle quand je reviens, l'onze Avril. Gros bises et big hugs, Cynthia
At 6:42pm on March 10, 2008, Christian Ton Ton Salut said…
Salut Mamdouh, ça fait une éternité qu'on ne s'est vus. Mais la vie est longue, à bientôt peut-être et bon vent à toi. Ton Ton Salut (de Toulouse)
At 11:51am on March 9, 2008, James Spaulding said…
Hey Mamdouth.. it's great to meet you. Thanks to Greg, for his introduction to the Jazz Network, I am now getting to be in touch with many musicians, and able to listen and share our music.


At 10:19am on March 8, 2008, Mario Rosini said…
Hi Mamdouh, i like your music, nice to meet you it is a honor for me to be in your page networkjazz.
Your Italian friend Mario
At 9:58am on March 8, 2008, Michael Matheny said…
Mamdouh.. Thanks for bringing your music to my attention.. You may or may not be aware of, it's suite of jazz channels, and our presence on the webspace.. check us out at .. Love your music. I would love to present it for our worldwide audience. If you are interested, email me at and I will answer any questions and give you the address to the studio.. I hope to hear from you soon. Regards, drmike/Michael Matheny/ radioIO Real JAZZ

















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