Solal, Martial
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Martial Solal, renowned worldwide as a jazz pianist and composer, was born in Algiers on August 23, 1927. His mother was an opera singer, and he began studying piano at age six, but his interests soon developed away from classical music. According to Solal, the period of Vichy rule in Algeriawas inadvertently beneficial for his musical studies. Because of the Aryanization laws that banned Jews from many realms of Algerian society, Solal intensified his study of music in an area open to Jewish participation. During this period he studied both…

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Samuel Reuben Thomas, “Solal, Martial”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 26 September 2017
First published online: 2010



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