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Ahmad Alaadeen, Kansas City-based Jazz Saxophonist, Dies

Saxophonist, composer and educator was 76.


Ahmad Alaadeen, whose virtuosity crossed more than six decades of the jazz music genre, died peacefully at his home in Kansas on Sunday, August 15 at the age of 76. Cause of death was bladder cancer.

A native of Kansas City primarily known by his surname, Alaadeen is renowned as a jazz giant in his home city. For 60+ years he made swing his own thing and had a futuristic perspective on the music. Earlier this year, Alaadeen was awarded the American Jazz Museum’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He is recognized as a master jazz artist who performed on the highest level and a significant jazz educator for 35 years.

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