KC jazz master Ahmad Alaadeen dies at 76

Tuesday, August 17, 2010 | 9:38 a.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Ahmad Alaadeen (ahl-AH'-deen), a native of Kansas City who played with jazz icons across the country, has died at the age of 76.

The Kansas City Star reported that Alaadeen died Sunday at his Overland Park, Kan., home after suffering from bladder cancer.

Alaadeen, best known for his skill on the saxophone, played with such jazz icons as Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, the Count Basie Orchestra, T-Bone Walker, Claude "Fiddler" Williams and others.

He eventually returned to Kansas City to teach jazz.

Alaadeen received several awards, including a congressional award and Billboard songwriting competitions. Last spring, he accepted a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Jazz Museum.

Alaadeen is survived by his wife, Fanny Dunfee, and two sons. His funeral was scheduled for Tuesday, with burial in the Leavenworth National Cemetery.

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Luda Blinova August 18, 2010 | 6:07 a.m.

A memorial website was created for Ahmad Alaadeen! Honor his memory by contributing to his memorial site

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