Jamil Bashir was born in Mosul, Iraq in 1921 and was the elder brother of Munir Bashir. His father, who was a singer, oud player and oud maker, started to teach him the oud when he was around six years old. When the Music Institute opened in Baghdad in 1936, Jamil enrolled to learn oud with Şerif Muhiddin Targan and violin with Sando Alio. He finished his oud study in 1943 and his violin study in 1946, graduating with honours in both instruments, and then worked at the Institute as an oud and violin teacher. At the same time he became the head of the Baghdad Radio Orchestra and then the Baghdad Radio Music Department. He also wrote a two-volume oud method. Jamil Bashir was a good singer as well as oud player, but he did not continue singing as he preferred the oud. He died in London on 24th September 1977.
(Many thanks to Ahmed al-Salhi, Kuwait and Juneid Jamil Bashir, USA for the above biographical information.)
Luth Traditionnel en Iraq
(EMI Pathé 2C 066-95.160)
This vinyl recording from 1974 was volume 4 of the 'Arabesques' series of recordings of Middle Eastern instruments made by Jean-Claude Chabrier. You can listen to this album on the 'Rare Recordings' page at www.mikeouds.com.