Ahmad Ali & Friends in Brentwood 11/30/08

The Islip Arts Council proudly presents

Ahmad Ali & Friends

R&B, pop and jazz

with some of Long Island ’s coolest musicians

Free concert at the Brentwood Public Library,2nd Ave. and 4th St.

Sunday November 30, 2008 at 2:00 PM

This year, the Islip Arts Council celebrates its milestone 33rd season of presenting fine music in its Free Concert Series. On November 30, 2008, at 2:00 PM, the exciting ensemble Ahmad Ali and Friends will be performing with her ensemble in the newly renovated, acoustically beautiful auditorium at the Brentwood Public Library at 2nd Ave. & 4th St. , Brentwood in the finale of the Free November Concerts. The concert area is handicapped accessible.  Admission to the concert is freeFurther information can be found by logging onto www.ahmadalimusic.com

Raised in a diverse community on Long Island , Ahmad Ali was exposed to a wide variety of soul and jazz through his family. His mother sang in choirs, and his father and uncles performed as ‘The Mitchell-Airs.’ Both grandfathers were musicians, his mother’s dad played keyboards, among other instruments, his father’s dad played valve trombone, but passed away at an early age (poisoned by a jealous woman). The desire to perform started early for young Ahmad: he would put rubber bands on shoe boxes and try to make music, and he would sing along with the family to popular songs on the radio.

As a teen, with the support of his mother, he bought a guitar with the money earned from his first job. Eighteen months later, he was playing in night clubs with some of Long Island ’s top party bands. Many of his neighbors were Hispanic, and he says that he spent “many a beautiful afternoon jamming with them in their yards.” His group Premonition was featured in a story on Eyewitness News, and they recorded with Don Kirschner in Manhattan .  In his thirties, he began to work in production and stage management for Protocol at the Paramount Theatre, and with Soul IV Real as musical director for their tour of London , Amsterdam and Zimbabwe . He also played guitar on Soul IV Real’s album “Heat.”

Ahmad is heavily involved in the community, and he can also be heard on WBAI 99.5FM as co-host of “In The Moment.”


at Brentwood Public Library

Sundays in November at 2:00 PM

Sunday, November 16th Monét

Pop, R&B and Jazz. Monét’s vibe and sound is warm and inviting, composed of cool flute work, catchy melodies atop head-noddin’ grooves and thoughtful lyrics capped by a voice with lovely tone and easygoing flow. This up-and-coming performer will be accompanied by some of the finest jazz musicians around.

Sunday, November 23rd Mambo Loco

Mambo Loco can be found anywhere from summertime dance hot spots to major cultural festivals and events to the venerable Stephen Talkhouse and beyond. Together for five years, they are rapidly becoming known all over the tri-state area for their fiery Latin rhythms, spicy Salsa and unabashed affection for the torrid Tango.

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