Born: July 24, 1934 | Died: August 15, 2010 Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor
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. In later years he would rejoin McShann on tenor....
Awards:2010, American Jazz Museum Lifetime Achievement Award
Kansas City’s pure treasure…Reedman personified...one of the most prolific disciples of John Coltrane. A beautiful cat, spiritual and a deep thinker who’s musical talent has great healing potential as well as most entertaining. Butch Berman, Berman Music Foundation
“Mr. Speaker, please join me in recognizing the man who has revitalized our music community and introduced a new generation to the sweet sounds of Kansas City Jazz. The great state of Missouri understands the importance of his humanitarian efforts and distinguishes his effort by presenting him with the Governor’s 2000 Community Heritage Award.” … Excerpt form Congressional Record: October 13, 2000, REP. KAREN MCCARTHY, United States House of Representatives
A soloist of dynamic force and originality. Jay Mcshann, 2000
His solos flow seamlessly out of the melodies of each composition with a thematic development that will have you wondering where the solo starts and the melody ends. Bobby Watson
When I opened this unique book (The Rest Of The Story, Jazz Improvization and History, by Alaadeen) I was struck immediately by this very cogent passage in the Author’s Introduction: “I feel that a musician should have a basic knowledge of what came before him and use this knowledge as a platform to build on…” This book is indeed one such knowledge platform. Ahmad Alaadeen is a wise elder in this music we call jazz and young musicians would do well to devour the practical wisdom he lays down in The Rest of the Story. Delivered in an unpretentious manner with requisite humility, the advice and lessons Alaadeen delivers in this book will be priceless in the development process of any musician who has the good fortune to encounter it. ...Willard Jenkins, Journalist/Broadcaster/Producer