Edmund Gregory, 23 June 1925, Savannah, Georgia, USA, d. 24 October 1989, Tennessee, USA. After learning to play several reed instruments, Shihab concentrated on alto saxophone and played professionally while still in his early teens. At the age of 19 he was lead alto with Fletcher Henderson and also played in Roy Eldridges big band. After 1947, the year in which he adopted the Muslim faith and changed his name, Shihab played with several of the leading bop musicians, including Thelonious Monk, with whom he made the first recording of Round Midnight, Tadd Dameron, Art Blakey (playing in the first of the drummers Jazz Messengers groups to record), Dizzy Gillespie and John Coltrane, in the latters case performing on the tenormans first recording session as leader. In the 50s Shihab began to play baritone saxophone and at the end of the decade travelled to Europe with Quincy Jones.
He remained on the...