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New CD Release by KC Jazz Artist, Alaadeen

Saxophonist and composer Ahmad Shahid Alaadeen, talks about his new album "New Africa Suite." He spoke with KCUR's Lee Ingalls.

By Lee Ingalls & produced by Linda Sher


Kansas City, MO – Kansas City's Ahmad Alaadeen is a jazz performer, composer and educator, whose career spans more than 5 decades. He's played with many of the greatest names in music: Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Jay McShann and the Count Basie Orchestra - and Motown stars like Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson. He's got a new album out - New Africa Suite. Lee Ingalls, of Just Jazz, sat down with Alaadeen a few weeks ago.


Linda grew up in Prairie Village and was drawn to a career in radio, after her dreams of becoming the next American Idol were dashed. While completing her Master's Degree in Communication Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Linda's first big break in journalism was the Afternoon Drive Announcer position at KCUR. She was the Nurse Practitioner for UMKC, and has also worked as a professional actor in musical theater. One of her news stories for Up To Date was picked up by the Chicago Tribune. Linda loves dogs, hiking, coloring, movies, and going to the Kansas City Symphony. And...some say her home-made baked goods are mighty tasty!
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