Pianist Sadik Hakim was born Argonne Thornton on July 15, 1919. His maternal grandfather was a violinist, composer, conductor and professor of his own school of music. His grandmother was a cellist, his mother a violinist, his aunt a pianist and violinist and they performed together as a chamber music group.
In 1961 Hakim made his first record as a leader (in conjunction with Duke Jordan). He played around New York with his own trio, then returned to Canada from 1966-76 and made records for CBS. He left Canada to tour Europe for a year, making a trip back to his native Duluth to play in the Bi- Centennial festival in 1976.
Returning to New York he made several recordings on the Progressive, Steeplechase, and CBS labels. Only the latter two were available in the United States, but all were available in Japan where he toured in 1979-80 and hoped to return. While there he also played an extended engagement at the Lofe 6 club in Osaka.
Source: Anthony Flood