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Ahmed worked for Carnegie Hall's Education Department and the Brooklyn Philharmonic as a performing and teaching artist for a number of years. He is currently a Teaching Fellow with the Department of Education, teaching music in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn at PS 3. He has a Masters degree in education and is also an adjunct professor at The New School, a university in Manhattan, where he teaches a course on the music and philosophy of Sun Ra. He has written a yet- to-be published memoir of his experience in the music entitled, A Strange Celestial Road (Traveling the Spaceways).

He leads the group Diaspora (Dispersions of the Spirit of Ra), which combines poetry and lyrics with a large instrumental group as well as the group Ebonic Tones. He is a founding member of the collective quartet, NAM. He formed Melchizedek Music Productions in 1995 with his wife, Monique Ngozi Nri. Together, they have produced concerts locally and abroad.


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Ahmed Abdullah, Jimmy Cobb, Jill Barber and More

Read "Ahmed Abdullah, Jimmy Cobb, Jill Barber and More" reviewed by Joe Dimino

The show must always go on. We have been reaching out to the jazz community to discuss the loss of live jazz due to COVID-19 and, with our programming we offer our contribution to keeping the jazz flame alive in these trying times. We profile new music from Ahmed Abdullah, Dave Liebman, Johnny Summers and Jill ...


Article: Album Review

Emanative: Earth

Read "Earth" reviewed by Chris May

Every so often an album comes along that is so sweeping in its cultural scope, and so far beyond the norms of critical discourse, that it almost beggars description. Such a disc is Earth, the fourth physical-release album from drummer and producer Nick Woodmansey's Emanative and the follow-up to the band's outstanding The Light Years Of ...


Sun Ra at Inter​-​Media Arts, 1991

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2015
Track listing: Percussion intro / Springtime Again; Advice to Medics / Friendly Galaxy; Love in Outer Space; Hocus Pocus; The Mayan Temples; Yeah Man!; Prelude to a Kiss; Space is the Place / We Travel the Spaceways; Opus in Springtime; Early Autumn; Retrospect / East of the Sun; Carefree; Cocktails for Two; Planet Earth Day; Space Loneliness; We Travel the Spaceways.


Article: Album Review

Frank Lowe: Out Loud

Read "Out Loud" reviewed by John Sharpe

In the spring of 1974, the storied ESP label had just released the leadership debut of thirty-year old reedman Frank Lowe, and now he was considering his next move. Val Wilmer in her groundbreaking As Serious As Your Life (Quartet Books, 1977) observes about Lowe: “Everywhere you go in New York you'll run into him, working ...


Article: Album Review

Sun Ra Arkestra: Live in Ulm 1992

Read "Live in Ulm 1992" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

Questo concerto dell'Arkestra è stato registrato a Ulm nel 1992, durante l'ultima tournée della band con il suo leader, che -già malato-morirà poi nel maggio dell'anno successivo. Come ben sa chi abbia avuto il piacere di seguire l'orchestra anche dopo la scomparsa di Sun Ra, l'energia non viene comunque mai a mancare, come ...


Article: Album Review

Frank Lowe: Out Loud

Read "Out Loud" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

The year separating Thanksgivings of 2013 and 2014 has abounded in historic reissues and discoveries. There are several from idiosyncratic bandleader Sun Ra in addition to ones from saxophonists John Coltrane, Clifford Jordan and Charles Lloyd. And of course there are such gems as the third volume of trumpeter Miles Davis' Fillmore bootlegs and clarinetist/saxophonist Jimmy ...


News: Festival

Vision Festival 19 Has The Matthew Shipp Trio In The Thick Of It

Vision Festival 19 Has The Matthew Shipp Trio In The Thick Of It

In many ways, Saturday is a miniature of the entire guiding outlook and purpose of this annual love labor from Arts For Art. All elements, discussion, youth support, poetry and a well sequenced array of distinct and personal performance statements are present and the stalwart Matthew Shipp Trio speaks to the element of continuity. A FUTURE ...


News: Festival

Vision Festival 19: Honoring Amiri Baraka The Legacy Thru Panels & Poetry

Vision Festival 19: Honoring Amiri Baraka The Legacy Thru Panels & Poetry

Since the first Vision Festival, in 1996, Amiri Baraka has been an important presence at Vision. But way before the Vision Festival he was a champion of the music, with his seminal books on Jazz, ‘Blues People’ and ‘Black Music’. For many of the other artists and audiences who have participated each year, Baraka has been ...



Released: 2013
Track listing: 01. Joann's Green Satin Dress; 02. Goodbye Pork Pie Hat; 03. La Placita; 04. Shift Below; 05. Amanpondo.


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