Ahmed has worked with Young Audiences, The Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, Carnegie Hall, The Brooklyn Philharmonic and he is currently a Teaching Fellow with the Department of Education teaching music to elementary school students in Brooklyn’s Bedford Stuyvesant. He has a Master’s Degree in education and is also an adjunct professor at The New School, where he teaches a course on the music and philosophy of Sun Ra. In 1995, Ahmed, along with his wife, poet, and vocalist, Monique Ngozi Nri, created Melchizedek Music Productions (MMP). Ahmed is also the proud father of his three children Rashid, Shahid, and Tara. Tara is also an accomplished violinist and vocalist.
Melchizedek Music Productions produced its first recording in 2020, called Diaspora Meets AfroHorn, Jazz: A Music of the Spirit, Out of Sistas’ Place. AfroHorn is a group conceived by Fransisco Mora Catlett, a multi-percussion/composer, who Ahmed met when they were both members of the Sun Ra Arkestra, back in the 1970s. The recording provides an opportunity to document some of the works we have been performing over the last 15 years. The artwork includes a painting by the late violinist and mathematician and all-round genius, Ramsey Ameen. We hope you enjoy it.
African American History Month Celebrations
Saturday, February 22nd Kenny Davis’ Tribute to Jimmy Owens
Saturday, February 29th Bad Alan Palmer Trio
Celebration of Phenomenal African Sistas
Saturday, March 7th Patsy Grant-Birthday Celebration
Saturday, March 14th Vanessa Rubin-Birthday Celebration
Saturday, March 21st Tulivu Donna Cumberbatch Celebrates Toni Morrison
Saturday, March 28th Lil Phillips in Tribute to Ntozake Shange
The Central Brooklyn Jazz Festival at Sistas’ Place
Saturday, April 4th Tribute to Bluiett with the D.D. Jackson Quintet featuring James Carter and James Brandon Lewis!
Saturday, April 11 Camille Thurman Group
Saturday, April 18th Diaspora Meets AfroHORN (official CD Release Event) with trumpeter Ahmed Abdullah, multi-percussionist Francisco Mora Catlett, vocalist/poet Monique Ngozi Nri, saxophonists Sam Newsome and Don Chapman, tubaist Bob Stewart, pianist D.D. Jackson, African percussion, Roman Diaz
Friday, April 24th Brandon Sanders Quintet
Saturday, April 25th Sharp Radway Tribute to Malcolm X
Saturday, May 2nd Neil Clarke Band
Saturday, May 9th Robert Rutledge Quintet
Saturday, May 16th Eric Person-Tribute to Jackie McLean One Step Beyond
Saturday, May 23rd Alex Blake Group
Saturday, May 30th Season Closer with Camille Gainer Jones BAM!-African Liberation Music with trumpeter Sharif Kales, saxophonist Chris Hemingway, pianist Keith Brown and bassist Endea Owens