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Ahmad Alaadeen

Born in Kansas City, on July 24, 1934, Alaadeen grew up around music. “I listened to all types of styles. I went to Philharmonic concerts, loved Lester Young, liked T-Bone Walker and was crazy about Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson. He began on the saxophone when he was in sixth grade, in time also mastering flute, clarinet and oboe. He studied at R.T. Coles High School under the tutelage of Leo H. Davis, a well respected music instructor reported to have taught Charlie Parker. “The way he taught improvisation was to sing the melody in my ear when I soloed so I’d always keep the melody in mind.” Alaadeen debuted as a professional with Davis’ concert band playing e-flat horn when he was 14 and his first major job was playing baritone sax with the great pianist-bandleader Jay McShann

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Matt Kane: Acknowledgement

Read "Acknowledgement" reviewed by Don Phipps

A hard-charging affair interlaced with charm, Matt Kane's Acknowledgement, surely stands as an homage to some of the jazz giants associated with jny: Kansas City. Three of the compositions were penned by Bobby Watson, who presently calls Kansas City home [and is Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Missouri--Kansas City (UMKC) Conservatory of Music], ...

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New Exhibits At The Musical Instrument Museum Pay Tribute To The Genres Best

Ahmad Alaadeen once said, “jazz does not belong to one race or culture, but is a gift that America has given to the world.” That gift is alive at the Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix with the opening of two new jazz exhibits that will take visitors on a journey through the past, present and ...

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Dysfunctional: Life Journeys of a Second Generation Jazz Musician

Dysfunctional: Life Journeys of a Second Generation Jazz Musician

Dysfunctional is the curious title of a gritty and revealing autobiography written figurative minutes before the passing on to ancestry of a Kansas City treasure, master saxophonist Ahmad Alaadeen. Subtitled “life journeys of a second generation jazz musician," that's precisely where Alaadeen places himself in the jazz lineage—among the second generation of musicians who came up ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Ahmad Alaadeen Funeral / Wake / Memorial Services Info: Jazz Saxman-Educator-Composer-Author Dies at 76

Ahmad Alaadeen Funeral / Wake / Memorial Services Info: Jazz Saxman-Educator-Composer-Author Dies at 76

Ahmad S. Alaadeen an American “Jazz Master" saxophonist, composer, educator, author has died at the age of 76 years on August 15th, 2010...noted for his contribution to the world of jazz for 60+ years he was particularly well known in the Kansas City, Mo jazz scene and 35 years as an educator. He had a career ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Ahmad Alaadeen, 76, Jazz Master, Dies

Ahmad Alaadeen, 76, Jazz Master, Dies

Crosses Six Decades of Jazz Music “Jazz does not belong to one race or culture, but is a gift that America has given the world." —Alaadeen Ahmad S. Alaadeen Saxophonist, Composer, Educator, Author July 24, 1934—August 15, 2010 KANSAS CITY, Missouri—August 16, 2010—Ahmad Alaadeen, whose virtuosity crossed more than six decades of ...

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Alaadeen: The Rest of the Story

Alaadeen: The Rest of the Story

The Rest of the Story Ahmad S. Alaadeen Spiral Bound Manual; 53 pages ISBN: 6-38087-01012-6 Fandeen Publising 2009 User-Friendly Jazz Improvisation Methods to Finding Yourself as a Soloist “...Alaadeen is a wise elder in this music we call jazz and young musicians would do ...

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Take Five With Ahmad Alaadeen

Read "Take Five With Ahmad Alaadeen" reviewed by AAJ Staff

Meet Ahmad Alaadeen: Born in Kansas City, Alaadeen grew up around music. “I listened to all types of styles. I went to Philharmonic concerts, loved Lester Young, liked T-Bone Walker and was crazy about Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson." He began on the saxophone when he was in sixth grade, in time also mastering flute, clarinet and oboe. ...


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