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Ahmed Abdullah Day

Ahmed Abdullah (born Leroy Bland; May 10, 1947) is a jazz trumpeter who was a prominent member of Sun Ra‘s band.

Leroy Bland began performing at age 13 in his native New York City. By the 1970s he was performing in New York’s loft scene, and joined the Sun Ra Arkestra in 1976, working there on and off until 1993, when Sun Ra died. During that time Abdullah participated in more than 25 recordings and traveled extensively with Sun Ra. He has performed with Chico Freeman, Charles Brackeen, Steve Reid, John Hicks and Marion Brown, among others. He led his own “Solomonic Quintet” and recorded for Silkheart and Cadence Jazz.

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