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Rashied Ali

7.1.35 – 8.12.09

Rashied Ali
Rashied Ali (photo: David Bias)

One afternoon last summer I was performing at the City Winery in Manhattan with the fine young trumpeter Michael Rodriquez and his quartet. Midway through our set I noticed Rashied Ali take a seat with a friend near the bandstand. After one of the tunes I went to the side of the stage to say hello. He acknowledged my greeting with a few polite words but he was eyeing the bandstand with a definite intention. He wanted to play and I wanted him to play. A chance to hear and watch a master is always a welcomed opportunity.

“Man, I sure would like to play those beautiful drums!” he said.

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