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August 19, 2018

                               NASAR ABADEY QUARTET                                 



Jazz at Meade is proud to present Nasar Abadey for the fifth concert of our 2018 concert series!   Nasar Abadey, the educator, composer, and band leader happens to be a talented drummer from the Washington, D.C. area.  Frank Rubio, Cadence Magazine, said of him, "He is not a background drummer.  He is up front and expressive, aggressively pounding out a wide array of propulsive rhythms..." ...."Mike Joyce, Washington Post, adds, "As a composer he's also responsible for the strong spiritual current that runs through much of his music." 

Based in Washington, D.C., Nasar Abadey has also built a solid reputation as a sideman with several groups, and has recorded with many national artists throughout his career.  He began playing drums at age five, drawing influences from powerhouse drummers such as Tony Williams, Max Roach, Roy Haynes, Elvin Jones and his cousin Frankie Dunlop to name a few.  He creates jazz music steeped in hard bop, modal, fusion, and avant-garde styles. 

His music has taken him to jazz festivals and concerts all over the world.  He has performed and/or toured with legends such as Sun Ra, Milt Hinton, Dizzy Gillespie, Pharoah Sanders, Cyrus Chestnut, Stanley Turrentine, and Ella Fitzgerald.  Nasar describes his music as MULTI-D, which is multi-dimensional and multi-directional.  He formed his group SUPERNOVA to explore this concept and to exercise his artistic license to perform and explore African American classical music as part of the process. 

Nasar Abadey has been the recipient of grants and fellowships for composition, performance and merit by the most prestigious music arts organizations in the U.S. including the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities.  His educational contributions range from high school workshops and Children's concerts to Artist-In-Residence, Brown University, and faculty member, Jazz Studies Department at the Peabody Institute, Johns Hopkins University. 

Nasar Abadey attended the University of Buffalo, in N.Y.; Howard University, and the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C.  He is currently Professor of Jazz Percussion in the Jazz Studies Department at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.  

Please come out on Sunday, August 19th and help Jazz at Meade welcome back to our stage the legendary jazz drummer and band leader, Nasar Abadey and his Quartet.     





                              ALL CONCERTS ARE HELD ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON AT 4PM.



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