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July 1, 1933 - August 12, 2009
The "Rashied Ali Quartet" make a 1972 appearance on the weekly jazz TV show, "The Jazz Set."
Rashied Ali, drums
Carlos Ward, alto sax
Dave Burrell, piano
Norris Sirone Jones, bass
Born Robert Patterson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Rashied Ali played piano trumpet and trombone before settling on the drums as his principal instrument.
After performing in military bands enlisted in the Army during the Korean War he returned to civilian life to studied under Philly Joe Jones.
Moving to New York in moved to New York in 1963 he worked in bands with Bill Dixon and Paul Bley before appearing on John Coltrane's "Meditations" album in November 1965.
He appeared on the last recordings of John Coltrane including the 1967 duet LP "Interstellar Space" and following his death and in the early 1970s would run the New York club Ali's Alley, all important to the avant-guard jazz movement.
Rashied became a member of the James "Blood" Ulmer group "Phalanx" during the '80s prior to the formation of his own quintet with whom he would play for the remaindered of his days.
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