Sarbib, Saheb [John ]
- Gary W. Kennedy
(b ?Algeria, 1944). American double bass player, composer, and leader. His father was a jazz pianist, and his brother was also a musician. He may have grown up in North Africa, where his father toured with an Algerian group, but from 1973 he was leading small groups and recording (1974, 1976) in France; his sidemen included Daunik Lazro, François Jeanneau, Muhammad Ali, and Mino Cinélu, among others. In 1977 or 1978 he moved to New York, where he continued as the leader of small groups and also of the Multinational Big Band; notable sidemen in the latter were Roy Campbell, Jack Walrath, Art Baron, Talib Qadir (later known as Talib Kibwe), Joe Ford, Jemeel Moondoc, Mark Whitecage (who was also a regular member of Sarbib’s small groups), and Dave Hofstra (on electric bass guitar). In the mid- to late 1980s Sarbib appears to have ceased to perform and record; nothing is known of his life from that time. He also played piano....