Melchizedek Productions
Melchizedek Productions, formed in 1995 by Ahmed Abdullah and Monique Ngozi Nri, was originally conceived to promote musical endeavors around The Sun Ra Arkestra.

Since 1998, Melchizedek Productions has partnered with the Code Foundation and Shamal Books to produce concerts at Sistas' Place, 456 Nostrand Avenue, Brooklyn.
Among the artists produced through this partnership are:

Charles Davis, Harold Ousley, Dick Griffin, Alex Blake, Billy Bang, Frank Lowe, Lenora Zenzalai Helm, Arlee Leonard, Lil Phillips, Sonny Fortune, Rashied Ali, Charli Persip, Gary Bartz, Akua Dixon's Quartette Indigo, Lonnie Plaxico, Marcus Strickland, Will Calhoun, Charles Tolliver, Rene McLean, Andrew Cyrille, Gh’ail Rhodes Benjamin, Thabo Michael Carvin, Robert Rutledge, DD Jackson, Cecil Bridgewater, Eddie Gale, Robin Kenyatta, Sekou Sundiata, Vincent Chancey, Byard Lancaster, Zane Massey, Andrei and Ricardo Strobert, Roland Alexander, James Spaulding, Oliver Lake, Hamiet Bluiett, Curtis Fowlkes, Benny Powell, Frank Lacy, Reggie Workman, Karen Francis, Mickey Davidson, Atiba Kwabena’s Songhai Djeli, Mari Toussaint, Milford Graves, Carla Cook, are some of the artists produced by Melchizedek Productions.

The work Melchizedek Productions has done in assoication with the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium includes: Tributes to Randy Weston and Gigi Gryce (2003), Max Roach (2002) and Cal Massey (2001). Performances at CBJC Galas co-produced by Melchizedek Productions have included those with Olu Dara (2003) Charles Tolliver (2002) the CBJC All-Stars Benny Powell, Talib Kibwe TK Blue, Danny Mixon, Stanley Banks, Andrei Strobert and Ahmed Abdullah (2001)and the John Hicks Trio (2000).

Sistas' Place goes to Italy
Melchizedek Music Productions in association with Sistas' Place, the Central Brooklyn Jazz Consortium (CBJC), The Black Telephone Workers for Justice (BTWJ), Teatro Manzoni in Milan, the city of Catania, Sicily and Sweet Rhythm coordinated a series of concerts at those venues.

Several groups; the 11 piece Ahmed Abdullah's Diaspora featuring Billy Bang, Craig Harris and Louis Reyes Rivera; One For Trane with Sonny Fortune, Odean Pope, John Hicks, Reggie Workman and Rashied Ali; A Tribute to Eubie Blake and Chief Bey featuring Bluiett, Blue Coda, Mickey Davidson and Ron McKay; and separate engagements by Cecil Bridgewater, James Spaulding and Sonny Fortune with Akua Dixon's Swing Quartet have successfully appeared .

Melchizedek Music Productions in association with the CBJC and the House of the Lord Church also co-produced (Saturday, February 12, 2005), A Tribute to Reggie Workman, Kenny Dorham and Deacon Leroy Applin. As well the CBJC Gala at Sugarhill Supperclub, Wednesday, March 30, featuring Billy Bang/ Curtis Fowlkes with Harry Constant, Alex Blake and Charli Persip, was a huge success.

New School performance by New School Arkestra

Craig Harris

Trio 3 with Andrew Cyrille, Oliver Lake and Reggie Workman

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Books on John Coltrane

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