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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 in jazz and music that spanned six decades having performed with the likes of Jay McShann, Eddie Cleanhead" Vinson, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Kenton, Lester Bowie, Billie Holiday, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, The Count Basie Orchestra, The Tonight Show Band, including rhythm & blues legends such as Sam Cooke, Smokey Robinson and Gladys Knight. Services are to be held on Tuesday, August 17 at 10 am at Watkins Brothers Memorial Chapel located at 4000 Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. in Kansas City, MO, followed by a 12:30 pm burial at National Cemetery in Fort Leavenworth, KS. Donations may be sent to Alaadeen Enterprises, Inc.," 6507 Grand, Kansas City, MO 64118 to benefit jazz education or the Al-Haqq Islamic Center, 6941 Prospect Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64132 (Please include your full name/address and specify that the gift is in memory of Alaadeen; ask them to notify the family of Alaadeen as well). His Wikipedia profile is available by clicking here. Alaadeen's official website is viewable by clicking here. There is a very good article detailing his life posted at AllAboutJazz.com here by DeBlaze and Associates. Here is a video interview of Ahmad Alaadeen recounting his life experience with jazz:
Here is a video of Ahmad Alaadeen doing the tune 21st Century Rag":
I love jazz because it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.