Ahmed Harfoush is the premier jazz vocalist and entertainer of Egypt and has been performing there and around the world for over two decades. He is the co-founder of the Cairo Jazz Festival, where he currently holds the position of Chairman, and the director of Cairo’s most in-demand jazz ensemble The Riff Band.
Harfoush is a graduate of London’s Mountview Academy for Theatre Arts. Harfoush’s passion for music and the stage began when he sang with numerous choirs performing excerpts from classic Broadway and West End musicals. Having been brought up in the United States, he was exposed to the American music legacy including the Great American Songbook and Jazz.
His first international jazz performance was at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, performing ‘The Cole Porter Song Book’.
He has contributed significantly to the jazz scene in Egypt as both performer and producer in shows and major events.
His original song, ‘Music Makes me Swing’, was recorded in 2007 by American producer Darryl Kennedy as part of a compilation album project, ‘Voices from the Sand’. Kennedy collaborated with Harfoush and the Riff Band in recording their arrangement of the classic ‘Tea for Two’.
Harfoush has performed in Paris, London, Berlin, Larnaca, Greece, Slovenia, Budapest, Dubai, Prague, Damascus with New York City’s Chris Byars Jazz Quartet and most recently in a concert with the Macedonia Philharmonic in Skopje.
Ahmed co-produced ‘Sing Sing Sing’, a jazz event at one of Downtown Cairo’s veteran theaters, reviving the 1940s music scene in collaboration with the Spanish Embassy in Egypt. He produced and led the first Rat Pack Show in Cairo, paying tribute to the jazz greats.