Abdul Wadud (musician)

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Abdul Wadud
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Wadud in 1976
Background information
Birth nameRonald Earsall DeVaughn [1]
Born(1947-04-30)April 30, 1947
Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
DiedAugust 10, 2022(2022-08-10) (aged 75)
Genres Jazz, avant-garde jazz, classical
Instrument(s) Cello
Years active1965–2022

Abdul Wadud (born Ronald Earsall DeVaughn; April 30, 1947 – August 10, 2022) was an American cellist known for his work in jazz and classical settings. [2] Jazz musician and fellow composer Tomeka Reid hailed Abdul Wadud's "Camille" in a 2020 feature in the New York Times on music that one could play to make friends fall in love with the cello. [3]


His son is the R&B singer Raheem DeVaughn. [4]

Wadud died on August 10, 2022, at the age of 75. [4]


As leader

As sideman

With James Newton

With Julius Hemphill

With Arthur Blythe

With Anthony Davis

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  1. "Abdul Wadud, Cellist Who Crossed Musical Boundaries, Dies at 75". The New York Times. August 18, 2020. ISSN   0362-4331 . Retrieved August 19, 2020.
  2. Allmusic
  3. "5 Minutes That Will Make You Love the Cello". The New York Times. June 3, 2020. ISSN   0362-4331 . Retrieved June 11, 2020.
  4. 1 2 Johnson, Martin (August 12, 2022). "Abdul Wadud, expressive cellist who blazed a trail in improvised music, dies at 75". NPR. Retrieved August 12, 2022.