Wednesday, 29 January 2014 00:31
Bassist Hussain Jiffry has become the first Sri Lankan born to win the prestigious Grammy award.
The honor was bestowed upon Jiffry, who is a part of bass legend Herb Alpert and wife Lani Hall’s quintet, when the group won the Best Pop Instrumental Album Award for their album ‘Steppin’ Out’ at this year’s Grammy Awards, which concluded on Monday morning.
Jiffry is known for his work with well-known names in the international music scene such as Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick and Yanni.
Jiffry, a former Wesleyite, has also been with Brazilian samba jazz legend Sergio Mendes for many years as well as, performing with ‘The Earth Wind and Fire Experience’ when they played live in Colombo, and at the Java jazz festival.
He graduated from the Musicians’ Institute in California in 1989, and while playing random ensembles, it was his sheer talent that brought many worthwhile offers to this dedicated bassist.