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Remembering Alaadeen

Photo by Tom Styrkowicz

One of the last living links to the golden age of Kansas City jazz was cut on Sunday, August 15 when veteran saxophonist Ahmad Alaadeen died. Alaadeen was born in Kansas City.

By Laura Spencer


Kansas City, MO – Ahmad Alaadeen's career spanned more than six decades and included work with notable figures like Jay McShann, Claude "Fiddler" Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, the Count Basie Orchestra, as well as Sam Cooke and Gladys Knight. KCUR's Laura Spencer has this remembrance.

?Monday, August 23: Memorial jazz concert, Blue Room, 1600 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Mo. 6 pm. free

?Saturday, September 4: Jazz performance by Dennis Winslett and others, with Alaadeen's music, Blue Room, 1600 E. 18th St., Kansas City, Mo. $10

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Kansas City is known for its style of jazz, influenced by the blues, as the home of Walt Disney’s first animation studio and the headquarters of Hallmark Cards. As one of KCUR’s arts reporters, I want people here to know a wide range of arts and culture stories from across the metropolitan area. I take listeners behind the scenes and introduce them to emerging artists and organizations, as well as keep up with established institutions. Send me an email at lauras@kcur.org or follow me on Twitter @lauraspencer.
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