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Ahmed Abdullah (born madinah ksa ; Jan 19, 2003) [1] is an American jazz trumpeter who was a prominent member of Sun Ra's band. [2]

Biography

He began playing the trumpet at age 13 in his native New York City. One of the first groups he performed with was the Master Brotherhood. [1] By the 1970s, he was performing in New York's loft scene with various groups including the Melodic Art-Tet (Charles Brackeen, Roger Blank and Ronnie Boykins, later William Parker) and joined the Sun Ra Arkestra. [1] Ahmed Abdullah formed his own band in 1972 ,and joined the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1975, working there on and off until 1993, when Sun Ra died. [1] He stayed on with the Arkestra after Sun Ra's demise working under the leadership of John Gilmore and then Marshall Allen. During his time with the Arkestra, Abdullah participated in more than 25 recordings and traveled extensively with Sun Ra. [3] [4] After leaving the Arkestra, Abdullah wrote memoirs of his time with that organization. In 2002, Ahmed began teaching a course on the Music and Philosophy of Sun Ra at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music.

Ahmed Abdullah's own bands have at times been called Abdullah, the Solomonic Unit, Diaspora and Ebonic Tones. In 1995, Ahmed and his wife, Monique Ngozi Nri, formed Melchizedek Music Productions (MMP), to breathe new life into the Sun Ra Arkestra. In 1998. Ahmed was asked to be the Music Director of Sistas' Place. and has helped to make that institution an historic landmark in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn. In 2019, Abdullah collaborated with former Sun Ra comrade Francisco Mora Catlett, to create the first recording for Melchizedek Music Productions : Diaspora Meets AfroHORN.

Discography

As leader

As sideman

With Sun Ra

With Arthur Blythe

With Billy Bang

With Dennis González

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Colin Larkin, ed. (1992). The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 27. ISBN   0-85112-939-0.
  2. "Ahmed Abdullah | Biography & History". AllMusic . Retrieved August 12, 2021.
  3. Ahmed Abdullah with Louis Reyes Rivera. "Excerpts from A Strange Celestial Road (Traveling the Spaceways)", Ahmedian.com; accessed March 28, 2015
  4. Kemp, Larry (14 September 2018). Current Jazz Trumpet Legends. Dorrance Publishing. ISBN   978-1-4809-7727-3 via Google Books.