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Ahmad Ali performs at Laurel Lake Vineyards

April 15, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Ahmad Ali

Raised in a diverse community on Long Island, N.Y., Ahmad was exposed to a wide variety of Soul and Jazz at home. The desire to play an instrument started young. He would put rubber bands on shoe boxes and try to make music. As a child he would sing whatever was on the radio with the family.

A group he worked with, called “Premonition,” was featured in a story about a con man who ripped them off, after which the band was set up with a recording session with Don Kirschner at his Associated studios in Manhattan. As things didn’t pan with that group he found him self working with a hand full of rock bands (more guitar oriented). By his late twenties he laid his guitar down and started a family. Ten years later he started back at it.

Soon he ran into his old friend from Premonition, and got back in. In conjunction with a team he started producing all kinds of entertainment events. Their rhythm section backed up all kinds of artist doing several styles of music from classic oldies Club music, Caribbean music, and more. This work led to more such as being stage manager for Protocol when they opened up for Will Downing at the Paramount Theatre, as well as meeting and working with Soul 4 Real as their musical director on their tour of London, Amsterdam, Bulawayo and Harare in Zimbabwe.

He had the honor ofplaying on Soul 4 Real’s album “Heat” where he actually plays on more tracks than are credited to him. But once you hear the sound of his guitar you will know it on the rest of the tracks. This is when the opportunity to work in the award winning “Perfect Pair Studios” came, where the halls are adorned with gold and platinum plaques and Grammies from artist like Lauren Hill, Biggie Smalls and many more. He also worked with the Blackwood Band and James Brown Impersonator “Black Velvet” (AKA Daptone recording artist, Charles Bradley), when they opened for “Blue Magic” at the Brownsville Recreation center. He has since been working with various local groups, The Gordon Hurley Big Band Ahmad + Kim Tetrault Combo, Blues States, Jazz on the Half Shell, Island Jazz Express, Snap, The Ahmad Ali Trio, and more, a journey thru His web site www.AhmadAliMusic.com , will show were and when.

His love for Radio and community activism comes to fruition in his work at WBAI 99.5 FM in NY and streaming at WBAI .org were he has been heard over the last decade. You can now hear his show “Café Ali” on alternating Wednesday mornings on WUSB Stonybrook,90.1fm and streaming at www.WUSB.fm .

Involvement with several progressive activist organizations led Him to run for County Executive in his home of Suffolk. The Green Party of Suffolk wanted to make a Statement. His hopes are to make positive changes in the world. The people of the world need tangible progression. This also has led him to Reiki. As an Advanced Practitioner it is incorporated into the Music and the Message of performances and Radio.


April 15, 2017
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
No Cover
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Laurel Lake Vineyards
3165 Route 25
Laurel, NY 11948 United States
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