The University of Missouri at Kansas City has announced that the archives of jazz musician and educator Ahmad Alaadeen have been donated to the LaBuddle Special Collections division of the university’s Miller Nichols Library. Alaadeen was a fixture on the Kansas City jazz scene and in 2010 was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Jazz Museum. He died in 2010 from cancer at the age of 76.
The archives, which were donated to the university by Alaadeen’s widow Fanny Dunfee, include arrangements, music manuscripts, performance videos, audiotapes, and other memorabilia associated with his long career in music.
Alaadeen studied at the Kansas City Conservatory of Music, St. Mary’s College, and DePaul University. He served in the U.S. military as a member of the 4th Army Band from 1957 to 1959. He later taught music in the public schools and privately. He was the author of The Rest of the Story: Jazz Improvisation and History (Fandeen Publishing, 2009).