Ahmed Abdullah

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Ahmed Abdullah (originally Leroy Bland; born May 10, 1947 in New York City) is a jazz trumpeter who was a prominent member of Sun Ra's band.[1]


He began playing when he was 13 years old. By the 1970s he was performing in New York's loft scene, and joined the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1976, working there on and off until 1993, when Sun Ra died. During that time Abdullah participated in more than 25 recordings and traveled extensively with Sun Ra.[2] He has since played with Chico Freeman, Charles Brackeen, Steve Reid, John Hicks and Marion Brown. He led his own "Solomonic Quintet" and recorded for Silkheart and Cadence Jazz.


As leader[edit]

  • WildFlower Compilation CD-Abdullah-Blue Phase with Charles Brackeen-1976
  • Live at Ali's Alley (Cadence, recorded 1978) released 1980 with Chico Freeman
  • Life's Force (About Time, 1979) with Vincent Chancey, Jay Hoggard
  • Liquid Magic (Silkheart, 1987) with Charles Brackeen, Malachi Favors
  • Ahmed Abdullah and His Solomonic Quintet (Silkheart) with Charles Moffett, David S. Ware, Fred Hopkins
  • Dedication (CIMP, 1997) with Carlos Ward and Alex Blake
  • Actual Proof, NAM (CIMP, 1999)
  • Song of Time, NAM, Live at the Vision Festival, 2001 (Clean Feed, 2004)
  • Traveling the Spaceways (Planet Arts, 2004)
  • Tara's Song (TUM, 2005) with Billy Bang, Alex Harding

As sideman[edit]

With Sun Ra

With Arthur Blythe

With Billy Bang

With Dennis González

  • Namesake (Silkheart, 1987)


External links[edit]