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Ahmad Alaadeen Remembered

Kansas City just lost a jazz icon, perhaps the last musician in town who played when Charlie Parker did.


The great Ahmad Alaadeen died Sunday, August 17th, 2010, at his home at age 76.

He was known as a leading jazz educator in this town and a mentor to dozens of musicians in much the same way that Art Blakey once was in New York. Earlier this year, Alaadeen was awarded the American Jazz Museum's Lifetime Achievement Award.

American Jazz Museum staffers Gerald Dunn and Dennis Winslett stopped by to talk about his life and legacy.